The left wing especially likes to trumpet international reports from places like the UN as gospel on things.
There is a recent report into child poverty that is currently being trumpeted by the left but no one bothers in this country to look beyond the report and the authors.
In the UK they have a somewhat more responsible and questioning press, which highlights why such reports are often nothing but b.s.
The British are a tolerant race, and we have long been used to having our deficiencies pointed out to us by self-important foreigners whose own countries sometimes leave a lot to be desired.
But there are limits. However broad our backs, there comes a time when we are entitled to question the motives of our critics â often highly paid United Nationsâ officials fond of jetting around the world â and suggest as politely as possible that they should take a running jump.
The latest piece of idiocy does indeed come from the United Nations. A report by Unicef ranks Britain 25th in a child poverty table behind Chile (which holds the number one spot), Romania (12th) and even Bulgaria (20th).
Sounds dreadful. But is it?
Simple souls might imagine this suggests that children in our apparently benighted country are worse off than their counterparts in Chile, Romania and Bulgaria. It sounds shocking. My God, some will exclaim. This Coalition has a lot to answer for.
Of course itâs not true. The average income of a Briton is approximately three-and-a-half times that of a Chilean, over four times that of a Romanian, and six times that of a Bulgarian. Even poor children in this country have possessions which most middle-class children in these three countries wouldnât dream of having.Â Read more »