I forget who said it the other day: people aren’t interested in driving any more.

They told me some statistics: nearly two million people used to learn to drive in the UK every year. These days, only three-quarters of a million do so. I looked it up. If you go to some websites, you’ll see a similar statistic quoted. The numbers of new drivers are dropping off a cliff. But, as you know, it’s a post-fact world, and thankfully (and not to put too fine a point on it) it’s all nonsense.

In the 2007-2008 financial year, 1,762,148 driving tests were conducted. By 2014-2015, that had fallen to 1,532,504. A small drop, but only half the story. More than half of all those people failed their tests, and an increase in the pass rate between those years – from a terrible 44.2% to a still terrible 46.9% – meant that 718,711 people gained a driving licence in 2014-2015, down from 779,207 people in 2007-2008.