Top of British society is a racket for the privileged


Locutus
#1
Statistics should provoke Britain's media into prolonged period of self-reflection. They probably won't, since 54% of top 100 media professionals went to private schools


Seventy-one percent of senior judges in Britain were privately educated. Photograph: Toby Melville/REUTERS

Much of the upper crust of British society is a racket for the privileged in defiance of the democratic wishes of the majority. That really is the core of Elitist Britain, that while 95% of Britons believe "in a fair society every person should have an equal opportunity to get ahead", the figures in a government report published on Thursday reveal an ingrained unfairness.

Only 7% in Britain are privately educated, and yet this section of society makes up 71% of senior judges, 62% of the senior armed forces and 55% of permanent secretaries. It is quite something when the "cabinet of millionaires" is one of the less unrepresentative pillars of power, with 36% hailing from private schools (external - login to view).

The statistics should provoke Britain's media into a prolonged period of self-reflection. They probably won't since 54% of the top 100 media professionals went to private schools (external - login to view), and just 16% attended a comprehensive school – in a country where 88% attend non-selective state schools. Forty-three percent of newspaper columnists had parents rich enough to send them to fee-paying schools.

In the case of the media this has much to do with the decline of the local newspapers that offered a way in for the aspiring journalist with a non-gilded background; the growing importance of costly post-graduate qualifications that are beyond the bank accounts of most; and the explosion of unpaid internships, which discriminate on the basis of whether you are prosperous enough to work for free, rather than whether you are talented.

Why does the unfairness highlighted by the report matter? As it points out, elitism leaves "leading institutions less informed, less representative and, ultimately, less credible than they should be", meaning they focus "on issues that are of salience only to a minority but not the majority in society". If there are so few journalists and politicians who have experienced, say, low wages or a struggle for affordable home, then the media and political elite will be less likely to deal with these issues adequately. Instead, they will reflect the prejudices, assumptions and experiences of the uber-privileged.

The flaw with the report is an implicit assumption that inequality is not the problem, but rather that our current inequality is not a fair distribution of talents. "If only a few bright sparks from humble backgrounds could be scraped into the higher echelons," seems to be the plea.

Certainly Britain is in desperate need of radical measures to ensure all can realise their aspirations, including the banning of unpaid internships, the scrapping of charitable status for private schools, investment in early-years education, and dealing with issues such as overcrowded homes that stifle educational attainment. But surely Britain's chronically unequal distribution of wealth and power has to be tackled too.


Top of British society is a racket for the privileged | Owen Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian (external - login to view)


the author, master owen, does seem a bit chippy now doesn't he?
 
Blackleaf
#2
Thank God the majority of Britain's rulers went to top notch public schools rather than, as the Guardianistas and the Left in general want, bog standard comprehensive schools.

By the way, that photograph isn't of judges. It is of members of the House of Lords, but you shouldn't expect the Graun to know that.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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#3  Top Rated Post
“For Heaven's sake discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum”


Thomas Jefferson
 
Blackleaf
#4
It's got nothing to do with Jefferson.
 
Tecumsehsbones
#5
I still don't get the carpet-sample hats. Pretty clear the House of Lords and the Bench hasn't figured out the joke yet.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Thank God the majority of Britain's rulers went to top notch public schools rather than, as the Guardianistas and the Left in general want, bog standard comprehensive schools.

By the way, that photograph isn't of judges. It is of members of the House of Lords, but you shouldn't expect the Graun to know that.

How did that work out for the overlords in Afghanistan when the voting public voted not to fund a government and a former government as a sign of what not to do. Sometimes a relic has to start acting like one. Perfect time to show why they are 'survivors' in tough economic times. What would totally impress everybody is if they did it as a preemptive strike against it's biggest thorn since the sun first rose on something called the British Empire. (insert 24 lbs more national propaganda bull****, and snap the line tight)
The hoards at the Queen's gates are little timmies without even a lump of coal.
Last edited by MHz; 3 weeks ago at 08:31 AM..
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Thank God the majority of Britain's rulers went to top notch public schools rather than, as the Guardianistas and the Left in general want, bog standard comprehensive schools.

By the way, that photograph isn't of judges. It is of members of the House of Lords, but you shouldn't expect the Graun to know that.

Serf!
 
MHz
#8
Lowly Serf. You should retire to the forest, you, you, . . wait for it, . . you hood you, . . . dwamatic slamming of door. ( I hate the thought that without bolding the key words it would, well you know, . . . swoosh, . . .
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Serf!


Why? For being glad that Britain is run by former pupils of Eton rather than former pupils of Bash Street School, which is what the Guardianistas want?
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

“For Heaven's sake discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum”


Thomas Jefferson

Overlords and Land Barons of the times. the documents told the people how to defeat the tax collectors and remain a community. In 1950 the UN child welfare documents updated those same rules.

If 'the Machine' has already given us a number why don't we just put more money in than we can take out in one lifetime? (after that who cares)
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Why? For being glad that Britain is run by former pupils of Eton rather than former pupils of Bash Street School, which is what the Guardianistas want?

Dandys are your heroes?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Dandys are your heroes?


The Bash Street Kids are in The Beano, not The Dandy.
 
petros
#13
Gay Lords.
 
damngrumpy
No Party Affiliation
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The last time someone did a serious review the result was the French Revolution
I am all for the masses taking control of the country they are the majority and the
pompous elitists should be introduced to real work for their daily bread but then
they would be too tired to eat poor dears. Give me a break the people were not
education in a world of knowledge they were pampered and told ethics don't
count. How do we know that? By their actions
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpyView Post

The last time someone did a serious review the result was the French Revolution

. . . just the other day it didn't cross my mind once, just like a great many other days of the same. However, if stale patterns exist it will go back that far at least.
 

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