In a typical Toynbee 'don't let the facts get in the way' piece in the Guardian today, amongst other blithering rubbish she states "Scandinavia has more single parenthood and yet far less juvenile crime. Why? Because it is inequality and poverty that trap families into generations of dysfunction."
Ah. Now some 25% of 'families' in the UK are single parent - the highest in Europe. Around half of the UK's lone parents are out of work. In Finland and Denmark around 80% of lone parents have a job. We pay about £4bn a year to workless lone parents in benefits - income support in the main. In the UK single parents have no obligation to seek work until their youngest child reaches 16. The Scandinavian nations do all they can to keep single parents in work and in the labour market.
So doubtless what Polly meant to say was "Scandinavia has less single parenthood and yet far less juvenile crime. Why? Because it is Welfarism that traps families into generations of dysfunction."
She is right on one thing, though. Brown is an autistic zombie, unable to connect emotionally with voters, whilst Cameron's easy public manner and compassionate 'one nation' approach appeals to voters throughout the political spectrum.