You can't call me a chav

The word 'chav' could be banned from usage in the media and by certain politicians because of a report published next week. According to Tom Hampson, editorial director of the Fabian Society, the word chav has negative connotations and is a prime-example of a new class war emerging lead by the middle classes against the working classes. Middle classes are far more likely to use the term 'chav' in a derogatory reference to the working classes. Hampson will argue that the media and 'progressive' politicians should not be allowed to use the term.

"You cannot consider yourself of the left and use the word. It is sneering and patronising and, perhaps most dangerous, it is distancing, turning the 'chav' into the kind of feral beast that exists only in tabloid headlines ... This is middle-class hatred of the white working class - pure and simple."

-Tom Hampson

The term chav has been increasingly used over the past few years since its introduction to society and its capturing in sketches from shows such as Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show. Characters from the show, such as Vicky Pollard and Lauren, are used to portray the stereotypical chav in a humour way.

However, this image of the chav has stuck in people's minds and now when tabloids refer to chavs readers automatically associate them with the fictional characters.

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Tuesday 15th July: 9.15 am, written by Doug Lambert.