It looks like Australia has opened another gap on us.
But in more than one respect the matter at issue is not quite as the NZ Herald headline suggested.
It says “Kiwi schools falling behind in bullying”.
Alf was taken aback: does this mean other countries are better at bullying than we are?
And if so, is that bad for us – or good for us, in these namby-pamby times when poofs are getting married and brats who beat up their teachers are dealt with leniently but teachers who dish out a bit of corporal punishment are sacked?
But the bloody heading is misleading.
For starters, we are not falling behind with our bullying.
We are falling behind with measures in schools to combat bullying.