What's rich in Britain

Rich and poor

Nobody envy the honorable and lordships their wealth, which can cause them some worries, especially if it passes on to the next generation. The level of inheritance tax is the greatest burden on the British aristocracy.

Regardless of whether it is nobility or the bourgeoisie: Where there is money in England that saves those who have it from having to pursue a profession (in the conventional definition) - there is usually a lot of money, even after taxes have been deducted. The common assumption that none of the richly born Englishmen pursued any meaningful occupation is, however, not true. Many of them have achieved outstanding achievements in science, politics, business or literature. Most of all, however, these days they have to employ the services of clever financial advisors if they want to make ends meet their inherited possessions.

Nobility and bourgeoisie

After the Second World War, the aristocracy and the bourgeoisie grew much closer, not least because of the schools that their children attend together. The political elite education is no longer a privilege of the famous educational ghettos like Harrow or Eton, but the quality of the teaching in public schools sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. Not least for this reason, many parents send their offspring to a boarding school (boarding school) because they are convinced that their upbringing is better there.

The bourgeoisie or, to put it more modernly, the middle class in England may in many respects be considered less demanding compared to the middle class in Germany. The long-distance trip to the tropics, which is booked every year due to social constraints, the full equipment of all children's rooms with electronic toys or the high-tech kitchen with induction hotplate are not an issue in England. Further ahead are your own house with a garden, two dozen bottles of Australian white wine in the garage and membership in the croquet club or in a charitable community.

In England they are proud to have continuously reduced the number of unemployed. But the announcement by several megacorporations that they will save many thousands of jobs in the foreseeable future gives rise to fears that the curve will rise again. As an industrial nation, the country is subject to the same criteria as those in the rest of Western Europe, and so the orientation towards trade and the intensification of all service offers is becoming more and more pronounced.

Where there are very wealthy people, poverty is all the more accentuated. Poverty and deprivation are defined differently in England than in Germany, because there are different social structures and an immense number of small and large benefit institutions ( charity funds) who help those in need.

This article is an excerpt from Living and working in England.

By Just Landed

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