The Staggers 4 May 2010 Can’t the Tories afford a proof reader? Tory literacy standards continue to fall. Print HTML The Tories may claim that their plan to introduce Swedish-style "free schools" would hugely improve children's education. But judging by that absent apostrophe, they'd be better off raising their own standards first. As in the case of the claim that "54 per cent [of teenage girls] are likely to fall pregnant before the age of 18", one wonders: can't the Ashcroft-funded Conservative Party afford to employ a proof reader? Hat-tip: Will Sturgeon. Follow the New Statesman team on Facebook. › Philippa Stroud: where is the media outrage? George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles 7 problems with the Snooper’s Charter, according to the experts The buck doesn't stop with Grant Shapps - and probably shouldn't stop with Lord Feldman, either The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean?