Yet in austerity Britain, children have been chucked to the bottom of the pile. They have been robbed of their rightful benefits. And the support they could once draw upon – everything from Sure Start centres to youth clubs to mental-health workers – has been hacked back.
Yes, Sure Start. Announced in 1998 and it’s still not certain that it has any notable effects either way. But, you know, the current generation of children will be absolutely crippled by the lack of something that we’re not sure does very much and which no previous generation of children had anyway.
The worst that anyone can really say is that the current government is reversing the last government’s spending on these things. That may or may not be a good or a bad idea. But it’s not Armaggeddon.