We have been told in the past that with improvements in education class is no longer a barrier to achieving your goals.
John Major, shortly after taking over the leadership of the Conservative party in 1990, declared he wanted to produce a ‘genuinely classless society’, and by 1997 John Prescott, as deputy leader of the Labour party, claimed that in essence this aim had been met, as ‘we’re all middle class now’ . Theresa May in her Conference speech said she wants a country “where everyone plays by the same rules and where every single person – regardless of their background, or that of their parents – is given the chance to be all they want to be”. A classless society.
I then came across this chart below and it really hit home to me that class certainly does matter in todays Britain, and class in Britain dictates in many ways where you go to school, and it seems if you go to a certain University you have a good chance of being Prime Minister. (click on photo to enlarge)
On having a wee skiffy on the net I found that 33% of MPs in the current parliament went to private school, 71% of Judges, 62% of senior Military Officers. 48% of Conservative MP’s went to private school, 17% Labour, 14% Liberal Democrat and 5% SNP. 28% of Team GB in Brazil went to private school meaning you have a better chance of being selected or of being good enough if you have had the benefit of a private education.
The independent sector educates around 6.5% of the total number of school children in the UK meaning that being privately educated gives you a better chance to rule your country. We are still very much ruled in this country by our so called better as our institutions still do not represent the make up of our country at large, anyone surprised. I know that my comments here are only a snap shot, and there have been many reports over the years looking at this issue, but the plain fact remains that not so Great Britain is still driven by class and irrespective of the words of the politicians over the years little has changed, where you come from will pretty much determine where you end up.
According to the The Great British class calculator I fit into: Emergent service workers – this class group is financially insecure, scoring low for savings and house value, but high for social and cultural factors. You can try it here and let me know what it tells you if you want to What Social Class are You basically I am skint but have been able to find a bit of culture and education somewhere along the way in my 48 years.
Britain remains a chronically unfair and increasingly closed society to most of us and private education and class play a central role, esp in politics in the United Kingdom. A large part of why I write this blog is my desire to continue to learn, but the more I learn and the more I understand, the more I dislike the United Kingdom everyday.