Do-gooders have been trying to increase awareness of bullying in schools, and while it appears that bullying has gone mad, there has been no change. What has changed is that society has recognised that some forms of bullying, such as racism and sexism, are bad. Those who say all bullying is bad are failing to watch Sir Alan Sugar on The Apprentice, and choosing to be part of the problem, because aggression and violence are dominant in the education system and on TV. It's a fact of life after nearly thirty years of Thatcherism.
Jocks with sporting prowess and physical strength are naturally popular. Aggressive pupils are popular too. And that's good for everybody. Aggression rules. A generation ago racism and sexism in schools were accepted as a fact of life. That's bad. The next generation will look back with amazement on a time when bullying was defined as racism and sexism, whereas aggression, or good bullying, is a natural part of growing into a successful businessman.
You may want to stuff the self-centred, what's-in-it-for-me diatribe of the loathed British PM, Margaret Thatcher, up your anti-bullying school policy ass:
"Put power in the hands of the people, and property in the hands of the people, private property.
People would like to own their own homes and they should be given a chance.
People want to have a bigger say in their children's education-so give them a chance.
People should keep the result of harder work in their earnings, in their pockets, and not have too much taken away in tax.
Problems cannot be solved by any magic theoretical formula, but only by harnessing the efforts and abilities of the people.
Reduce taxation on earnings. We must provide incentives for work and enterprise, not incentives for idleness.
Limit, and where possible, curtail state control of our lives and our industries.
It's been said that all that politicians are doing now is re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic."
As ever, the old bag's words ring so true.