A paper which addresses the issue of how middle class aspirations are being thwarted by the impact of technology on work. It draws on the work of Edward Luttwak (Turbo Capitalism), Jeremy Rifkin (the End of Work thesis); John Kenneth Galbraith (the Culture of Contentment) and Robert D. Putnam (Social Capital). It address the central paradox that the middle classes are being attracted to anti-status quo populist political movements at one and the same time as favouring statsus quo communitarian politics. It concludes by arguing that the nature of politics and political parties will change fundamentally with the emergence of a new form of factionalised based caucus politics which will be much more localised in nature. It suggests that this will lead to tensions within sub-regional Combined Authorities in the UK.