The brouhaha about Lottie Dexter being unable to code is a red herring. Even if the UK’s best programmer were in her spot the concept of teaching programming en masse is doomed from the start. Most people don’t have the ability to deal with the kinds of abstractions that you need to program. This ability is one that can’t be acquired through hard work; you either have it or you don’t. Replace Dexter with someone—anyone—else and the program(me) will still be a failure.
You heard it here first, unless you already heard it somewhere else.