jobs for the boys


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jobs for the boys

Employment or other benefits given to people who are closely connected, such as friends, relatives, or supporters. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Many have accused the government sector of being largely made up of jobs for the boys, as you aren't likely to find an employee who isn't related to someone else in one way or another.
See also: boy, job

jobs for the boys

BRITISH
If you talk about jobs for the boys, you mean that good jobs are given to people who are the friends, relatives, or supporters of someone in a particular organization. The council has faced a string of allegations over `jobs for the boys'. The post wasn't even advertised. In other words, this was a `jobs for the boys' appointment. Note: People also sometimes talk about jobs for the girls when it is women who are given jobs in this way. One of these women was a friend of the prime minister's wife so inevitably there were comments about `jobs for the girls'. Note: These expressions are used in a disapproving way.
See also: boy, job

jobs for the boys

used in reference to the practice of giving paid employment to your friends, supporters, or relations. British derogatory
2002 Guardian The James Report found the unit operated a ‘jobs for the boys’ recruitment policy favouring Reed's friends and political acquaintances.
See also: boy, job

jobs for the ˈboys

(British English, informal, disapproving) good jobs, positions or contracts that are given to people only or mainly because they are friends, relatives or supporters: The city officials here are completely corrupt. It’s jobs for the boys.
See also: boy, job
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Co-Exist SOMEHOW together but apart we co-exist The very poor and the mighty rich That's the way it is and has always been The rich and the poor are a divided team While the working class struggle to survive The upper class as ever continue to thrive Fortunes handed down from father to son Unfortunately that's how it is and will always be done Their children's education is beyond reproach Taught only by the best tutor or coach A first class degree is top of their list And jobs for the boys is the final twist Finally the wealth will be passed on Creating another wealthy daughter or son.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has the power to eliminate nepotism, cronyism and jobs for the boys, but would find it difficult to "set an example" as her husband is the CEO of the SNP.
Total waste of money, another tier of governance with all the attendant hangers-on and jobs for the boys (and girls) plus lots of lovely expenses.
To me and the likes (possibly STV) the answer is simple, instead of jobs for the boys (the programme Yes Minister, although a comedy show, actually showed up our political system for what it really is - incompetent elected representatives then delegate their responsibilities to lesser mortals, thus repaying favours, etc.
It's jobs for the boys to have deputy cabinet roles in all portfolios.
Labour was once for the people but now it's jobs for the boys.
But shadow rural affairs minister Antoinette Sandbach said the Wales AWB was "all about jobs for the boys on another quango".
Francesca said: This shouldn''t be allowed, the cabinet is not a proper representation of the people it seeks to represent, this is just an abhorrent example of jobs for the boys.
BTP chiefs launched a probe into the jobs for the boys in blue which has resulted in a change to their procedures.
Residents will no longer be required to back schemes in referenda so that these new jobs for the boys can be foisted on voters without a single mandate being achieved.
That's not to mention astronomical cost of changing all the paperwork - more jobs for the boys, I suppose
It truly begs the question, "Why do we now need the Welsh Office now we have the Assembly" for surely it is a waste of space, jobs for the boys - and it hurts me to say this as a proud Welshman, "But methinks the good people of Wales have been well and truly Stitched Up
Whoever he finally decides on, Short needs to make sure it is not just a case of jobs for the boys.
Then on Tuesday we had yet another advisor to the mayor sniping about just how many well-paid jobs for the boys did the creation of mayor secure, because the majority of Liverpool people didn't vote for job of police commissioner because, as he states she is someone he believe''s will be accountable to the Labour party and its members, which sounds very strange because this is supposed to be a non-political job.
On Thursday I may do something I have never thought of doing and that is abstain from voting for people who are promoted by their political allies, expensive jobs for the boys, Also, , why is it political?
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