‘Deeply elitist UK locks out diversity at top’ – BBC News 08-28-14

Salient to Investors:

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission found:

  • The UK is deeply elitist and small elites, educated at independent schools and Oxford/Cambridge still dominate top roles
  • 71% of senior judges, 62% of senior armed forces officers, 55% of top civil servants, 50% of the House of Lords,  36% of the cabinet, 33% of Members of Parliament, 22% of the shadow cabinet, 45% of chairpersons of public bodies, 44% of the Sunday Times Rich List, 43% of newspaper columnists, 26% of BBC executives, 35% of the England, Scotland and Wales rugby teams and 33% of the England cricket team were educated at private schools – versus 7% of the UK population as a whole.
  • The UK’s top jobs remain disproportionately held by people from a narrow range of backgrounds.
  • Britain’s leading institutions are less informed, less representative and ultimately less credible than they should be, and does not make for a healthy democratic society.
  • 75% of senior judges, 59% of the Cabinet, 57% of permanent secretaries, 50% of diplomats, 47% of newspaper columnists, 38% of the House of Lords, 33% of the shadow cabinet and 24% of Members of Parliament hold Oxford or Cambridge degrees versus less than 1% of the UK population as a whole.
  • 62% of the [population did not attend university

Read the full article at  http://www.bbc.com/news/education-28953881

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