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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You run your Government like the old boys' network - that's why you are failing women across your party and across the country."
Old boys' network, corporate snobbery once again, no doubt.
But its fate should not be decided on the basis of a few whispers around the Cabinet table by members of the old boys' network that controls this rotten government."
"Everyone has heard of the old boys' network, " club spokeswoman Jacqui Malpass told the Echo.
Because we all know there are some archaic practises surviving in the police service, with something of an old boys' network when it comes to early retirements - and sickness levels which still need tackling.
Many respondents spoke of the "old boys' network" in the City, saying that men seem to get ahead because of male private school connections.
The Tanaiste also snubbed opposition from eight former attorneys general who called for a No vote on two referenda - accusing them of being part of an old boys' network.
I hope she keeps her promise as the old boys' network have launched a new gravy train.
Moreover, his concerns are not limited to the way in which the so-called "old boys' network" has apparently mobilised against the North East.
Referring to the Prime Minister's reported fondness for playing football with his advisers in the Downing Street garden, she protests: "The old boys' network may have progressed from golf to football, but the fundamental rules are the same.
Then there's another 30 percent who will tell you that preferences are wrong but who say, "You've got to reassure me that the white man is going to be fair, that he's not going to go back to the old boys' network. If you can reassure me of that, I'll join you.
Mr Orde has changed policing in Northern Ireland without doubt, introducing computers and turning an old boys' network into a slicker corporation.