Reports on the media that low incomes have risen by 27 per cent since 1977 would not surprise most of us. It is the staggering 100% rise for the top ten per cent of earners that has definitely astounded me.

Britain is quickly becoming a nation divided. We stand poles apart, mistrust hanging in the air.

Would you learn to appreciate the value of Antiques Roadshow if you had no money left to top up the electricity? How can you sympathise with Escape to the Country fans moving to an acreage property with their horses if your kids are playing in council estate fields strewn with rubbish?

Education is one of our only tools to help build bridges in the future. We ought to try harder, and let us not forget if we don’t, that we are sitting on a social timebomb that may have lasting consequences for the next generation.