If you read the articles in newspapers a hundred years ago and compare them with articles written today, you will see that articles written nowadays are more frivolous, ludicrous and age far more rapidly. They tend to paint a picture of an entire population that has gone completely off the rails mentally and lost all touch with reality.
The next time somebody brings up the fact there appear to be almost no Britons over 40 who can read, send them this link. This is the kind of clown they have in charge of the educational system over there. I'd consider this prima facie evidence this dude needed to be sacked, given a pink slip and sent home. He gives the impression he's a bureaucrat who has gone quietly mad in the isolation of his office.