Liz Truss, the minister for children in the UK government has today, in the sort of we’re-all-going-to-hell-in-a-handcart interview that the Daily Mail love, declared that our two year olds are ill-mannered and out of control and That Something Must Be Done. (I’m not linking to the Mail, so you’ll have to look it up if you really need to read it.)
I am not aware of any evidence to back Truss’s claims up, so here’s a far more dangerous social plague: stupid men. Stupid men who think they know everything.
The evidence for this is everywhere – look at almost any opinion poll and you’ll see that women, quite sensibly, say they “don’t know” when asked their views about some political issue. But men rarely do.
The apotheosis of this plague of stupidity dressed up as omniscience came last week when YouGov asked if “The Public Affairs Act of 1975” should be repealed. A quarter of men offered their opinion on this, while only 12% of women did. There is no Public Affairs Act of 1975 so there is no basis whatsoever on which anyone could offer an opinion.
So what is Liz Truss going to do about this?
- I’m beginning to think Liz Truss has never met a toddler (telegraph.co.uk)
- Childcare minister Elizabeth Truss attacks unruly nurseries (guardian.co.uk)