Over a period of decades we’ve become a society that expects the state to address every matter in our lives, however trivial. This broadens out to encompass a lack of risk taking (when did you last see kids climbing trees or making huts) or general exploration of life, with the consequent loss of basic life skills. How many 16 year olds could wire a plug, dress a cut or a burn, or change a wheel on a car? When anything whatsoever happens to most people these days they immediately have two questions: ‘ Whose fault was that’? (because of course it’s never theirs) and ‘Who’s going to put this right’? (because of course it’s never them). And in the IOM the political community is particularly culpable in encouraging exactly that mind set. Cretney has made a lifetime career of it.