No, Owen Jones: a cheaper private education is a perk of being in the armed forces
The Guardian is shocked that privately educated pupils get on better in life. In a piece entitled “How to pass the posh test: ‘Do you know Marmaduke Von Snittlebert?’”, five journalists work on a story that “employers still favour the privately educated elite over the rest of us”.
We need an all-out war on the problem, argues Owen Jones, while other writers weigh up the pros and cons of trying to pass for posh
Owen Jones talks about “the posh problem”:
Unless you’re a Social Darwinist who believes the privileged are inherently more talented (I’m going to presume you’re not), then the lack of diversity at the top of society should be profoundly depressing. More than half of the top 100 media professionals in Britain hail from private schools, even though only 7% of Britons are privately educated. Amongst court judges, the figure surges to 71%; in the senior armed forces it approaches two thirds.
Not so much an establishment as a racket.
Facts soon make way for opinion. And one is about journalism:
There’s structural inequality, and then there are stitch-ups. The scourge of unpaid internships has helped turn professions (such as my own, the media) into playgrounds for the privileged. Want to become a journalist? You may well find yourself expected to work for free for months, or longer, with no promise of a job at the end of it.
This is a Guardian writer complaining about nepotism in journalism. Ha. Ha.