it still helps to be male, white, privately educated, and have gone to Oxford or Cambridge.
That is the findings of the House of Parliament into the current demographics of Westminster. The report found that women make up 32% of MPs in 2017, and while a huge improvement on the 3% in 1979 it shows that women have a way to go.
8% of Parliament are non white from a population where 13% are non white, an another improvement on recent years. 29% of MPs were privately educated where as only 7% of the population are privately educated so very over represented by comparison. No surprises that 45% of Conservative MPs were privately educated compared to 14% for Labour.
It’s not just Parliament that doesn’t reflect the country as a whole. 68% of British Oscar winners were privately educated, 74% of Judges, 51% of leading journalists and many of the above attending Oxford and Cambridge with the very same politicians.
This is not a blog of envy but it is a blog that once again shows that being white, male, posh and a Tory helps you get to where you want to be. Now I don’t like or advocate positive discrimination in any shape or form but we need to do more to make Parliament and places like the BBC more representative of the country at large and the only people who can do it are ourselves. We need to make it clear we won’t vote for candidates who don’t reflect our communities or our views, we should influence the candidate selection process as much as possible.
The current system is broken, and it won’t get fixed unless we do it ourselves as I said, because you can bet that the current professional politician will have no inclination to let the dirty unwashed into their club unless we make it happen.