The privately educated make up 7 out of 10 judges and over half the Civil Service
RESEARCHERS revealed yesterday the stranglehold on power in Britain held by the tiny minority of people who went to fee-paying private schools.
The state-funded Social Mobility and Poverty Commission condemned the “stark elitism” that had resulted in privately educated people making up seven in 10 senior judges, six in 10 military officers and over half of Civil Service permanent secretaries and top diplomats.
A third of the Cabinet and a third of MPs also went to private schools, the commission’s analysis of 4,000 top posts showed.
That’s despite fewer than one in 14 people in Britain having a private education.
“Our examination of who gets the top jobs in Britain today found elitism so stark that it could be called social engineering,” the commission wrote.
So-called poverty tsar Alan Milburn — who promoted NHS privatisation as a Labour minister before jumping ship to rake in the cash as a consultant to a private health firm — said the continued over-representation of privately and Oxford and Cambridge-educated individuals had a “profound influence on what happens in our country.
“Locking out a diversity of talents and experiences makes Britain’s leading institutions less informed, less representative and ultimately less credible than they should be.
“Where institutions rely on too narrow a range of people from too narrow a range of backgrounds with too narrow a range of experiences they risk behaving in ways and focusing on issues that are of salience only to a minority but not the majority in society.”
But the report was short on answers to solve the problem.
It merely suggested a “national effort” by the government, within education and among employers to “break open” Britain’s elite.