While just seven per cent of the population attend fee-paying schools, a majority of people working in law, finance and the upper echelons of the media were educated privately, it found.
Three-quarters of judges and 70 per cent of finance directors were independently schooled, as were 45 per cent of senior civil servants and 32 per cent of MPs, the researchers found.
I wonder how this could have happened?
A typical professional born in 1958 came from a family that earned 17 per cent more than the average family. By 1970, the gap had risen to 27 per cent.
The average 39-year-old lawyer working today grew up in a family with an income 64 per cent above average, the Panel found.
Could it be that if you destroy that part of the education system which educated the academically bright, at low or no cost, then those who are academically bright but do not have much money find it more difficult to get the education which would prepare them for the professions?
Only a thought, of course……