I know I should not take the 'Home' supplement of The Sunday Times too seriously, but Charlotte Vowden needs to be flayed through every high street in the country for this nonsense in a feature "Turning up the heat" on the economic prospects in Birmingham:
"Unemployment has blighted Birmingham - despite its four universities - so giving its young folk the best start in life is high on the agenda here. To tackle the problem, some schools such as Perry Beeches the Academy, in Great Barr, have added balti cooking lessons to the curriculum."
So there you have it. What was once one of our great industrial cities is addressing the problem of economic decline and unemployment by .............. doing cookery classes in some of its schools.
On this evidence, the emerging economic powerhouses of the east have little to fear from the UK.