old boy network

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Any ‘inside track’ to privileges accorded to an elite or exclusive group of ‘old chums’

old boy network

“In” group, the 'Mafia' Any 'inside track' to publishing articles in 'premier journals', access to grant monies–eg, from the NIH, hospital staff privileges in prestigious institutions–eg, Massachusetts General Hospital, and other seemingly unfair advantages linked to friendship. See Glass ceiling principle.
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The media picked up this ball of words and ran with it, belittling Copps, as though the old boys network does not and never did exist.
It seems that police offences are swept under the carpet by an 'old boys network' mentality rather than being dealt with fairly in the way that civilians have their cases heard.
The debate addressed the proposals put forward by Derek Higgs and, while the new rules are seen as a step in the right direction in eliminating the 'old boys network' that has crept into some boardrooms, delegates felt that the regulations should concentrate on the principles and ethics of good governance and not the detailed rules.
Labour MSP Brian Fitzpatrick: "I think this is a repeat of the same old boys network that we hoped we left behind.
BARRY THOMPSON is tipping Deveronvale's old boys network to shackle 31-goal Mike Beattie in Saturday's crunch tie with Cove Rangers.
"He has outstanding qualities as a man, and it's not the old boys network working here," said Twomey.