Unlike most other European countries, Britain had no noble-destroying revolutions in history, so its noble class appears to be present. But Is there some limits based on noble/not noble in modern Britain? Parliament consists of 2 houses - that is known, but are there any other limits?

Question based on some British films - there are, nearly always, close ties inside high establishment. It looks like, that high establishment is a closed class of rich nobles. But is it true?

In fact, question is about - how noble/not noble dividing(if it is really present) affect Britain's social and power structures?

You may answer in a broad way - for example, "some limits here, for example: ..., some limits there,... And a big limit here(again, for example)", to provide a general understanding of how system is working.

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    There's a reason there are two Houses of Parliament - the Lords, and the Commons. Members of the House of Lords are noblemen and retain their seat through title while members of the House of Commons are elected by the country to their seat. Members of Parliament can thus be either a noble or not, or indeed both (have a seat in the Lords but elected to a seat in the Commons - they give up their Lords seat for the duration). The PM can be (and has been) either, but in general is expected to sit in the Commons. – Moo Jan 21 at 8:01
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    Someone will come with a precise and detailed answer, but the Wikipedia articles on the Houses of Lords and Commons are surely of interest. Tony Blair doesn't seem to have any noble origin. – Taladris Jan 21 at 8:02
  • Understand about parliament - will edit answer. Main question is about other limits - I've heard about Lords and Commons, but are there some other limits? – user2501323 Jan 21 at 8:08
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    "In fact, question is about - how noble/not noble dividing(if it is really present) affect Britain's social and power structures?" That may be a bit too broad. I can easily imagine writing multiple volumes of text books full of social studies about that topic. I would narrow it down somewhat. Maybe there is something of special interest that you would like to know. For example, are there any official direct limits to anyone not having a Sir in front of the name,... – Trilarion Jan 21 at 10:00
  • I don't know, if there are any limits, so asking about "is there is such?" or "is there another one?" is like trying to guess, @Trilarion. I don't expect strict answer, something like "different limits in power structures, for example: ... and(for example), no limits in public structures. Also there are (another example) some clubs/pubs for nobles/commons only" will be very acceptable - just to form a general understanding – user2501323 Jan 21 at 10:12

I would argue that you are roughly 100 years out of date with the idea that "high establishment is a closed class of rich nobles."

The landmark Act was the 1911 Parliament Act. After Conservative peers blocked a Liberal budget, the power of the House of Lords to veto bills was replaced with the power to delay them and in the case of financial bills removed altogether. No Prime Minister has taken office in the House of Lords since then.

More generally, the period around WW1 1914-1918 often marked a large decline in the lower levels of the nobility. The servants who went away to war often didn't come back, and inherited wealth with modest income became eaten away by inheritence taxes. And as elliot noted, genteel poverty was known a hundred years earlier still. Even Marx, writing in the England of the 1880's really only refers to the nobility as a thing of the past.

Now, one could argue that there is a lack of diversity in the Establishment, in that a lot of them went to the same expensive private schools and Universities. However that would be bourgeoisie rather than nobility.

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