Re: unskilled will always be the first to go
Me, I was there.
I spent my childhood in UKLand before my parents decided that Australia was a better place to live. When I compare what it was like to be working class in the 1950s and 60s with today, I notice that these days the working class have a higher standard of living than the middle class did back then. For example, the average house here in Oz has more than doubled in size over the last 50 years. The tenants who rent our town property have a TV set twice the size Mrs Git and I seem to need. Despite our "shortsighted greed" these people on welfare seem to be able to afford the rent and to own all sorts of tat that Mrs Git and I can see no pressing need for. Example: an espresso machine for making coffee; we use a French coffee press.
It's such a hard life being working class these days...