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Gillian Shephard, how could you?

La Shephard always struck me as decent, competent and sensible, but it looks as though she has somehow become one of the PM's 'useful idiots', in that she is on 'The panel on fair access to the professions', led by that oily chancer Milburn. This is its remit:

"The Panel on Fair Access to the Professions was announced on the 13th January 2009. The Panel will complement measures contained in the New Opportunities White Paper. The Panel will look at the processes and structures that govern recruitment into key professions. It will identify actions that the professions, supported by government where relevant, could undertake to improve access into professions. The Panel will run until summer 2009 supported by a secretariat based in the Cabinet Office".

Here is the list of other members, and it is full of all of the kind of people you would expect - Gail Rebuck, wife of Philip Gould (Labour peer), Elinor Goodman, Trevor Philips etc.

Anyway, this is the kind of quality 'research' it is coming up with:

"The Panel published new figures showing how Britain is divided when it comes to getting a professional career. In the North East England only one-third of the workforce are in professional or managerial jobs while in London it is over one-half".

Do I need to explain why that is the case?

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