If you can’t beat them, ban them.

You have two people attend your premises to be interviewed for a job, One has been educated privately, his/her credentials are superb having passed exams set by a board renowned for the toughness of the questions. It’s not his fault that he/she was educated privately, his/her parents struggled to pay for it, but felt it was worth it. The other candidate has been state educated, same qualifications, lower standard exam boards though as his/her school has opted for this to keep its pass rate ever higher. Just as keen, his/her parents supported them as best they could too, just not quite as well educated. Both give very good interviews and both would do well at the job, in the end it’s down to the fine details, so most employers would probably opt for the slightly better educated candidate. Yet a government advisor has started braying out about a new form of apartheid they want practised by employers whereby anyone state educated will get priority over a private education.


Young people who left state schools with good grades should be preferred by employers over their public school-educated rivals, a Government adviser has said.
Alan Milburn, the Government’s independent reviewer on social mobility, said young people who left state schools with good grades should be preferred by employers over their public school-educated rivals.
He also suggested companies should publish personal information about their staff, such as their schooling and their parents’ background annually, to shame professional firms into hiring more working class people.
This would force staff members to tell their managers what type of school they went to and if they claimed free school meals.
The former Labour Cabinet minister wanted to break through a “sea of inertia” which results in white collar jobs being “dominated” by people from well-off families.
Mr Milburn published an 88-page report, “Fair Access to Professional Careers”, which showed that four out of 10 lawyers, 49 per cent of journalists and 57 per cent of doctors came from “the highest socio-economic groups”.

Ah, there’s that word ‘fair’ again, it doesn’t mean the same to the powers that be as it does to the rest of us. ‘Fair’ to them means ‘our pets get preferential treatment’ rather than treated the same as anyone else. It’s the same fairness in the old Soviet system where the sons and daughters of party members got the best and everyone else got what was left.

The reason that white collar jobs are dominated by people from well-off families is that well off families tend to value the acquirement of a good education, they’re also not stupid either and realise that unless a state school has a good record of producing results at a high standard, then their kids will not get a good education. So they scrimp and save to make sure they do.

This is the same mentality that allowed the employment of non whites to various positions in government and law enforcement way above their ability or competence. The same policy that created well paid non-jobs in the race industry to root out racism (so long as it’s only white racism) an offshoot of the politics of envy, a form of tokenism to show that the politicians involved aren’t racist, prejudiced or in this case ‘classist’

In the end it wrecks societies, leads to the rise of envy and anger amongst those closed out of careers by idiot policies.

Rather than improve education standards, Milburn has opted for the if you can’t beat them ban them method of policy, it only remains to be seen if he gets his way.

10 comments for “If you can’t beat them, ban them.

  1. Twisted Root
    May 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    And why should anyone take a blind bit of notice of Alan ‘spend more time with my family’ Milburn? He appears to have spent his time worming his way into one of those innumerable government postitions where he can practise his own particular brand of stupidity/Marxism/authoritarianism/facism/half-wittedness.

    Workers must lose their privacy to satisfy the dictats of this creep? I am not ashamed of my parents’ backgrounds but its got fuck all to do with Milburn or the government. Any measure arising from this would further disadvantage me in the job market as I would never agree to my parents’ details being published as a condition of accepting a job.

    The man is a cunt.

    • Single Acts of Tyranny
      May 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      By Al’s logic the children of politicians, being the most priveleged should be forced to clean toilets or something.

      • Twisted Root
        May 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm

        In a healthy society politicians would not be given houseroom. Perhaps Milburn has sniffed the wind, sensed a change in public attitudes and is preparing a decent future for his children. If so, I have misread the man and applaud his efforts and wish him well.

      • mikebravo
        May 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm

        I would clean my toilet with Milburn.
        But I would use bleach afterwards to kill the remaining nasties.

  2. May 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    This is, by and large, flag-waving; an attempt to scare the high-achievers back into the state system where they are supposed to act as a leaven. If the private sector is not creaming off the brightest pupils, goes the theory, everyone benefits and overall standards rise.

    It’s already in operation in higher education; our reward for years of financial sacrifice was to be told at the end that our sons would stand less chance of getting into their chosen universities than their state-educated counterparts.

    Thus is society’s playing-field levelled; sound familiar?

    THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.
    from ‘Harrison Bergeron’ by Kurt Vonnegut Jr

    • May 31, 2012 at 7:37 am

      For those who don’t know it, the story is set in a dystopian future where the ‘equalising’ – among other things, making everyone of above average intelligence wear an earphone emitting sudden loud noises to shatter concentration – is in the hands of the United States Handicapper General.

      Sounds like Alan Milburn is angling for the job.

  3. May 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    The reason that white collar jobs are dominated by people from well-off families is that well off families tend to value the acquirement of a good education


    • Voice of Reason
      May 31, 2012 at 12:08 am

      True in the UK and the US, except in science and engineering. Strange that. Could it be that the money isn’t easy/good enough?

  4. May 31, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Would Mr Milburn,I wonder, also advocate giving priority in the selection of our Olympic teams to those who did not have access to the superior sports facilities of the private schools?


    I’d like to see him defend that one…

  5. Tatty
    June 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Sorry but apartheid/discrimination point failed when you referred to being privately educated as a “fault”.

    Not that…from a common sense perspective… it’s a huge issue but it only goes to show that we are all “guilty” of some kind of prejudice and the only difference it makes at all to anyone’s lives is how far we allow to TPTB to take it and run with it.

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