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From: Mike Harding
Subject: Re: Cutting corners?
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 07:58:21 +1100
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On Mon, 23 Dec 2002 19:28:35 -0000, "John Jardine"
>My own experience has been within that of UK companies and there may be
>significant cultural differences between the US and UK but I've noticed the
>higher that one rises within a UK company then the more likely that the
>controllers are all of a similar class and background. The highest levels
>are usually reserved for those having a upper-middle class protestant
>background, expensive public school education, classics graduates, white and
>male. Engineers/skilled people, don't even scan on their radar or are
>regarded as people to be kept in a back room or simply nerds.
>The general view from the top of the tree is that they alone are natural
>born leaders and all the plebs must naturally follow. This view permeates
>down through numerous layers of sub-servient management lackeys only
>dissapating towards the engineering levels.
It's called the UK Class System John and you'll never change it,
even the working classes like it. It lets them know their place, you
see, and they find that comforting. It's been around for 1000+ years
and it ain't going to change.
The only way to beat it is to leave the country. I did. I now live in
Australia which has it's own class system largely based on one's
current wealth level. That's OK because you can move from class
to class here by getting (or loosing :( ) cash. Try moving across
classes in the UK! You'll need to change your birth history to do
The only good thing about it is that half of the Hooray Henrys are
as thick as a brick (all that inbreeding?) and one can have
enormous fun antagonising them at dinner parties :)
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