'More people care about the harm done by car exhaust than whether the couple living next door are married or living in sin, according to British Social Attitudes, the annual report about our quirks and prejudices.
'As a nation, we have become more liberal in our attitudes to sex and more caring about the environment. At least, we think we have, though when it comes to matching words and deeds, we fall down on the high standards we expect of ourselves.
'Despite our best intentions, we can be selfish, sexist, prejudiced and uncaring about the poor. In fact, when it comes to blaming the poor for being poor, attitudes are harder now than they were in the 1980s, when Margaret Thatcher was at the peak of her influence.' (Independent article).