So there you have it. A levels are getting easier and students are having to work harder to distinguish themselves as a result.
I am happy to stand by that view today.
Those Lib Dems who have written in defence of the position that A levels are as challenging as they ever were (Mark Pack and Chris Ward) have not been at their most impressive in doing so. Last year I posted some evidence against that position.
Incidentally, when did A level results become such a barometer of our national well-being?
In my day (as I increasingly find myself saying) you were bright or you were not, you worked hard or you didn't, and you more or less got what you deserved. It was essentially an individual matter.
Wasn't that a saner way of treating exam results?