Government borrowing is going down (ie. although the UK is still getting deeper into debt, the process has slowed).
Unemployment levels in the UK look set to reach a 44-year low.
500,000 people have come out of poverty since 2010.
Net immigration is falling (although people are still pouring in, they're pouring in more slowly).
All of these facts correspond to old promises made by the government.
So instead of congratulating the government, the left-wing press finds other things to gripe about : Rises in "relative poverty" or complaints about the wage levels of all the new jobs that are being created, or longer waiting lists for psychological services in the NHS (the example quoted by Radio 4 the other day was the long waiting lists for gender reassignment counselling ...).
Of course these gripes are certainly areas that highlight hardships for certain groups. But it does not help the cause of democracy to keep moving the g…
Today's upsetting news that a senior Scottish Episcopalian cleric is busy casting horrible spells on poor little prince George at least proves one thing: the way children turn out is the key to all our futures. And the boys of today will define what tomorrow's world is like, as boys of every generation have done for thousands of years. Whether we like it or not, boys are the key to our future. Can anyone think of any civilisation, country or century which could disprove that assertion? No .... ?QED.
And yet, the education of football-loving boys has become a political football which has been so kicked around that it risks falling apart. There is a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon in which Calvin one day tells his furry friend that he no longer wants to be called “a boy”. Hobbes thinks for a moment, and then replies: “Isn’t that what you are?” Questions of gender and of gender identity are at the forefront of debates in modern education, but mostly the debate is not about how a reflection…