We are all Proletarians now? The fading of the Middle class

Class stratification in the modern society is treated by the Historian Tristram Hunt in terms of the loss of sensibility and the sense of mission. Reporting on a study into social classes coordinated by the BBC and seven universities and resulting in a seven class society with the most significant common feature being their sense of powerlessness one could argue that we are facing a new proletariat without a mission.