Forget the rest of the faux-reasoned gumph in this morning's column; the telling whine comes in the two sentences
"Usha Goswami, a Cambridge University neuroscientist, explains how much the first year of life shapes the brain, babies thriving according to the love, language, empathy and intellectual stimulation they receive. All parties now talk about the importance of early years, yet we invest least in the youngest."And here is the disconnected rationale of the unrepentant left. I've got no problem at all with the first sentence; we all know that parents (preferably two) who read and talk to their infants, who play with them, stimulate them and hold them are more likely to produce future citizens who achieve academically, are healthier, wealthier, wiser and less likely to go to prison. No problem. But the State can have no role here at all unless it's to teach parenting and encourage biological fathers to stay with their offspring in the early years of life - how the hell does 'investing' in under-ones do anything at all to help? The woman's clearly off her rocker and has lost even the fundamental ability to rationally connect two discrete observations. Off to Tuscany with her.