Daily Mirror : THE MORAL MAJORITY IS A MYTH - 6 in 10 middle class are cheats
Guardian : Meet criminals who cost UK £14bn: the middle class
Independent : Criminal nation: Two-thirds break law regularly
BBC : Law-abiding majority 'is a myth'
Now the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is a pro-offender, anti-prison political lobby group. You'd expect the above to be bigging it up. After all, the point of the "survey" is twofold :
i) to blame an increasingly dishonest society on 'the encroachment of market values into areas traditionally viewed as held in trust for the community – such as health services or education' - in other words, blame school league tables and NHS reforms
ii) to emphasise that "the middle classes are the real criminals" - an argument which will be deployed to help keep thieves and violent offenders out of jail. It can't be long before the argument turns up on CiF.
I know it's a good headline, but, like the Times and Telegraph, the Mail has been suckered.
Are YOU part of the great middle class crime wave ?
UPDATE : Expat Yank - The real crime is against trees