Exactly the same here in ther UK. Seemed to start about 20 years ago, up until then there was still an appreciation of qualifications and genuine standards in most jobs and professions. IMHO, this has been totally diluted in favour of what looks and sounds good, or what's fashionable. Next month this changes to something else "new".
Originally Posted by dehk
An accountant friend of mine tells me of certain clients who complain about their tax bill and "know someone in the pub who says he never pays any tax". My friend always asks them if the person in the pub brags as much when Inland Revenue catch up with him. (Or, alternatively, what makes them think that Inland Revenue inspectors don't enjoy a drink in their local pub in their spare time. )