The most clichéd people in society are 'hard-working families', according to a piece on Radio 4 this morning. Politicians supposedly make policies with this group in mind -- they certainly would not dream of offering to support lazy families. The radio item was looking at a new exhibition of political posters over the decades in Manchester (see a selection here). The posters are interesting because one can see from earlier posters (up to the 60s, say) that families were not expected to be hard-working at all. Family members were often portrayed at home all together, and mothers were rarely portrayed as workers.
Hard-working family is an example of a glittering generality, which I posted on recently.