old boy network


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old boy network

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informal Brit the appointment to power of former pupils of the same small group of public schools or universities
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Noun1.old boy network - an exclusive informal network linking members of a social class or profession or organization in order to provide connections and information and favors (especially in business or politics); "professional women have developed an old boy network of their own"
network, web - an interconnected system of things or people; "he owned a network of shops"; "retirement meant dropping out of a whole network of people who had been part of my life"; "tangled in a web of cloth"
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From the weird goal that settled it, to the decent chances Everton created, the control and quality of their game and the type of football Evertonians want to see, the old boy network should be shut down on that comment alone.
In a swipe at his political foes, Mr Flynn added: "People are fed up with politicians from political parties and their failed promises, expense scandals and their cliquey old boy network."
We agreed it was rich the old boy network was trying to write it off as youthful exuberance.
Others, meanwhile, said there is a perception in the community of an "old boy network'' in which those hired for key municipal positions are based on who they know.
This is because the parents who pay for the independent schools, buy not just a particular type of education, but for an enormous social capital, the old boy network.
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I AM puzzled by JAH Porteous' last few words of his letter of January 30 headlined "Cash crisis and the old boy network", when he writes a certain secret society will offer Gordon Brown directorships for his looking after them.
"This person will come to Washington and the old boy network had better look out - because change is coming" - John McCain, the Republican nominee for the US presidency, on his running mate.
All this twaddle smacks of the old boy network and the fawning and erchie-licking that characterised the sport several decades ago.
This 'get your hair cut, lad' attitude typifies the anachronistic, forelock-tugging outlook that regards racing in Britain as the exclusive province of the old boy network and keeps new - and, more especially, younger - customers from flowing through the turnstiles.
I suspect the problem is not the money but the class snobbery still prevalent in Oxbridge colleges where the old boy network is alive, well and operating against young people from poor backgrounds and education establishments without the social connections of expensive public schools.
With the decreased availability of traditional CEO directors, some boards have had to diversify their membership beyond the bounds of the Old Boy network.