Middle England

Middle England

The phrase "Middle England" is a socio-political and geographical term which originally indicated the central region of England, now almost always referred to as the "Midlands".

The primary meaning of the term is now a political or sociological one (as is also the case for the term "Middle America" or "Middle Australia"). It principally indicates the middle classes or lower-middle classes of non-urban England, but also carries connotations of "Deep England". The BBC described the Kent town of Tunbridge Wells as the "spiritual home" of Middle England.[1] The term is used by journalists to refer to the presumed views of mainstream English people, as opposed to minorities of all types (the rich or the poor, ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians, the politically active, the intelligentsia, etc.) In particular it is increasingly used to denote the more-right-wing views of those who are not in such minorities;[citation needed] Readers of The Daily Mail, for example, are often characterised as being from Middle England, as are members of the Countryside Alliance.[2][3]. Residents of Middle England are also sometimes referred to as the "silent majority" or "moral majority" in the British media.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ "Tunbridge Wells: The spiritual home of Middle England", BBC News e-cyclopedia, 1999, webpage: BBC36.
  2. ^ The 'Mail' turns on the charm | Independent, The (London) | Find Articles at BNET.com
  3. ^ Kirsty Milne: Rise of the press-protest axis | Politics | The Guardian
  4. ^ "Middle England. They're nicer than you think", New Statesman, 2007, webpage: NS29.
  5. ^ "In Search of Middle England", spectator.co.uk, 2009, webpage: Spec76.

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