Friday, March 14, 2008

I know. It's the big cart, but they can't find it so that's why there's so much rubbish on the street.

People complain about the declining standards of education. For the most part I'm willing to ignore the petty droolings of senile old toffs fantasizing an idealized childhood they didn't actually have. Maybe they heard about it from their great-grandfather.
All that aside, I do have a problem with this.

Magna Carta what? English charter 'a mystery to 45pc of population' - Telegraph
Nearly half of the UK population does not know what the Magna Carta is, according to a YouGov poll.
The survey commissioned by the British Library found 45 per cent of the 2,000 people questioned had no knowledge of the English charter.
And only 32 per cent knew that it set written limits on the authority of the monarch.
Jack Straw MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, said: "British people struggle to put their finger on one of our own defining documents, Magna Carta.
"Magna Carta remains an epochal moment in British history, with a resonance that still lasts today."

So resonant that half of the population doesn't know what it is.
Kids today.
Now get off my lawn.

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