THE professions and other white-collar jobs are a closed shop dominated by the elite classes, mostly in the southeast of England.
This is the conclusion of a report by the Government's social mobility tsar, Alan Milburn. Milburn is a comprehensive school-educated Geordie who became a Cabinet minister, so he should know what he is talking about.
One statistic says it all. Nearly 60% of the Coalition Cabinet which will consider Milburn's report were privately educated. Positive discrimination is recommended in favour of those brought up in underprivileged areas. This policy of jobs for the poor will no doubt be enthusiastically promoted by Cameron, Clegg and Osborne.
Pretty soon a postcode in a sink estate and qualifications from a failing school will be the sine qua non for admission to the top echelons of the civil service. There will be articles in the Daily Telegraph asking why so many members of the Cabinet come from the Raploch. Oxbridge graduates will find entrée to the BBC impossible because they do not have a double first in TV and media studies from Cardonald College.
Eventually the unemployment rate among former pupils of Eton will be a matter of great concern. There will be documentaries about the chagrin and the pity of youth unemployed in the stockbroker belt. The young ones may blockade Westminster with the cars Daddy bought for them.
Being resilient types – the sort who would follow Norman Tebbit's advice to find employment by getting on a bike – the middle classes will up sticks. They will abandon former areas of privilege and move where their children have opportunities for positive-discrimination advancement.
Look out for a boost in the property market in North Glasgow as parents move into the catchment area for Our Lady of Possil.
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