the old school tie

the old school tie

the way in which men who have been to the same expensive private school help each other to find good jobs The old school tie still has enormous power in many City companies.
See an old head on young shoulders, You can't teach an old dog new tricks
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Sometimes we had a dare to take off the old school tie and our blazers and shim over the wall and go and put a bet on the two o'clock, as we were all well underage for betting.
Whether it's the judiciary, the media, business or public life, wearing the old school tie means you're up to 10 times more likely to reach the top.
Perhaps his loyalties lie in the old school tie and not in the welfare of his flock.
This isn't about fairness, it's about abuse of power and the old school tie looking after the haves while the have-nots pay the price.
One graduate who has just been taken on by a City firm admitted: "I did fairly poorly at university but the old school tie opened a few doors.
Talent does not necessarily apply because there is always nepotism or the old school tie.
Even the old school tie sexist Tories were led by the Iron Lady.
Normally we wore gymslips and the old school tie, and outdoors had to wear detested school caps of an unbecoming pudding-basin shape with yellow stripes.
But if David Cameron wins he is preparing to stuff his parliamentary party and government with the old school tie.
I KNOW Lord Oaksey is a throw back to the old school tie brigade but I still raised a glass to him on his 80th birthday.
The other side of the coin is that when Brown is evicted from No 10, he is likely to be offered bank directorships by the old boy network, the old school tie brigade and a certain secret society for looking after them.
The important jobs still belong to the old school tie brigade - despite the Government telling us educational standards have never been so high.
Professed political democracy does not automatically do away with patronage, a modern version of the old school tie, or a male elite.
The ability to use contacts, make friends in the office and get yourself noticed by senior managers has long been a mainstay of office politics, but the old school tie network, although not yet dead, is being swept aside by a generation of managers weaned on fierce peer-group competition.
In most businesses the old school tie, or even the degree scroll are not as valuable as practical experience and the right attitude.