It's been a bad week for - atheist boys
Dear God (or alternative non-religious figure), is this really happening? An 11-year-old boy has been banned from joining the Scouts because he is an atheist. George Pratt joined the movement 10 months ago and had a great time. But when it came to his investiture proper as a Scout, he was told he would have to swear allegiance to God or leave.
Now, George is clearly a clever 11-year-old. He likes the idea of making fires in the woods and learning how to tie double sheet bend knots but he also doesn't think the world was created in seven days. Should he be punished for that?
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It seems so, because the Scout movement is not budging. "Faith has been an important tenet of the movement for 105 years," it said. "All young people are required to make the Scout Promise if they wish to become a Scout."
Which sounds pretty final, doesn't it? Perhaps the answer is for an alternative scouting movement for non-believers, run, of course, by Richard Dawkins. They could offer badges for activities such as criticism of creationism and questioning religious orthodoxy. Just think of the fun they'd have.
It's been a good week for - posh boys
Plebs, rich kids - aren't we all just the same under the skin? Haven't we all got similar insecurities? Don't we all just want to be liked?
A new YouTube video might suggest so. The video features Eton pupils dancing to the South Korean hit single Gangnam Style with new lyrics to reflect their lives at the school and the fact that they find it hard to speak to girls.
"We're not social, we can't talk to women, although we try," they sing. "We're just too shy. If you approach us then we'll just break down and cry. But we've got Eton style."
Even if it doesn't prove that Eton boys are just like us underneath all the frock-coated privilege, it certainly demonstrates one important thing: whatever Andrew Mitchell MP might, or might not, think of the police, the internet has done one thing more than any other – it's brought high and low culture together so we can all share in the same song, or story, or silly clip, whether pleb or posh.