In the Sydney Morning Herald on July 2nd, 2017, there appeared a thoughtful and mostly well-written piece by Elizabeth Farrelly on how democracy is devolving into mob rule. The section on university education bemoans the loss of power of academics to set learning exercises which the students do not want to do. To quote Ms Farrelly, ‘True learning is often (perhaps always) difficult and painful. The one who makes you do it is gonna be resented.’

I’m assuming the ‘gonna’ was a clumsy joke. I hope so, anyway.