I define a ‘chav’ as someone who is in a socio-economic bracket lower than what they would prefer, who design their life around making themselves believe that they are in the higher socio-economic bracket so that they don’t become depressed and are instead happy. Unlike Owen Jones, who wrote the book, “Chavs: The demonisation of the working class,” it is not my view that all chav’s are working class. Anyone of any income or social status can be a chav, providing they are living their lives with the belief-system of the higher-bracket they want to be in, and managing the income they have to achieve that ‘delusion’.
One could therefore see me as a chav – I have the business structure of a major corporate enterprise, but the profit is a lot lot less than the take-home pay of the civil servants I apply for grants to. I call myself a ‘renaissance chav‘ because I’m as dependent on the tax-payer as the traditional chav, yet have an advanced education and experience of the world of work that I would not have had if I had chosen to stay on the same state-aid (i.e. benefits) as the traditional chavs feel compelled to stay on.
Most people, wrongly in my view, think of chavs as being people claiming a benefits which gives a top income limit of £3000 and a maximum potential weekly income of £30. But look at civil servants, they often get 10 times more than this income, yet still want the tax-payer to top up their pensions, or else they will bribe us by withdrawing their labour. Also, they live a make believe life, thinking shuffling paper around makes them the envy of the private sector.
The difference between this bureauchav and the traditional one is the bureauchav think they have the right to determine the whether the traditional chav has access to even a breadcrumb of the privalaged life they have, whereas the traditional chav has to put up with what they are given. When Owen Jones speaks of those who ‘demonise the working class‘ with reference to chavs, he is talking about this ‘bureauclass‘ of people who like a traditional chav:
- Get paid out of tax-payers money
- Don’t have a real job in the private sector sense
- Don’t have enough income to sustain their ideal life
So whether you are a traditional chav claiming Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, or Employment and Support Allowance, or perhaps more of a ‘renaissance chav‘ like me, the civil servants are your master, as your ability to achieve the ideal life that you have the belief-system to achieve is dependent on this bureauclass of bureauchav who think they are better and more deserving than you are.