In Act One of the play what are Mr. Birling's views on the lower class?
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Mr. Birling is the owner of Birling and Company, some sort of factory business which employs several girls to work on (presumably sewing) machines. He is a Magistrate and, two years ago, was Lord Mayor of Brumley. He thus is a man of some standing in the town. He describes himself as a "hard-headed practical man of business," and he is firmly capitalist, even right-wing, in his political views. He looks down on the working class and poor. He exploits them in his business.