I debated whether or not to put this in current affairs but i would prefer it to be in philosophy as i am trying to discuss the nature of our society. However, if a Mod wants to move it i do not object.
I recently had a look on Wikipedia to find out a bit more about our new cabinet of ministers, mainly focusing on their background. This is what i found out-
There are 31 members of the full cabinet, incuding ministers without portfolio who can attend meeting. This from Wiki.
16 went to private/independant/boarding school
4 went to grammer school
6 went to a compehensive school
1 (william hague) went to both a grammer and comp school
1 (ian duncan smith) went to an army school
20 went to oxford or cambridge uni. Many studied a degree which included politics. The next most popular was buisness/management degrees.
only 4 are women
only 1 is from an ethnic minority.
In the general population 7% went to a private/independant school.
From looking at the biographies of the ministers only 1 appears to be from the working class- Patrick Mcloughlin, the new clief whip. His parents were miners.
How important is this? does it matter that we are seing a reduction in social mobility, especialy in our politicians.
One of the things that surprsed me is that in the new lib-con cabinet there are not many people who got rich as entrepreneurs. There are a few who worked in the city but they started out with a bit of money. The tories in the 80s saw themselves as the party of the yuppie, promoting free enterprise and a fantasy of equal oportunities to get rich. Now they appear to be going back to being the party of old money, the ruling class.
I think this does matter. The working class poor begining to believe there isno potential for social mobility. This leads to frustration and disenfranchisement. This is the reason for the rise in extremist politics.