If - despite John Major's goal of a classless society - you have not noticed herds of coroneted Old Etonians mooing piteously for visas outside the Swiss Embassy, it may be because they aren't there. How so? Consult a recent report by Hemmington Scott Corporate Information Database. Your Old Brixtonian tie (a tasteful motif of crossed Stanley knives on a black-and-blue background) may be good enough to get you into Number Ten but it does not, it seems, cut much ice in the boardrooms of major British quoted companies. There the pale blue stripe yet holds its quiet sway. No fewer than 175 Old Etonians sit on boards, three times as many as the nearest rival (Rugby), with Harrow trailing an ignominious sixth at 44. Oxbridge leads the university stakes with nearly 900 board-seated alumni, Cambridge - for once - being firmly in the lead. Perusers of Burke's Peerage will also experience a sense of deja vu on reading HSCID's report: no fewer than 740 directors have titles, including two Princes of the Blood and a brace of dukes.
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