According to the BBC and the on-line edition of the Telegraph Gordon Brown proposes to make it compulsory, if re-elected (about as much chance as pigs flying*), for children to complete 50 hours of 'voluntary' service before the age of 19.
According to the Telegraph, Gordon Brown stated " It is my ambition to create a Britain in which there is a clear expectation that all young people will undertake some service to their community." He continues ".......it will require the close involvement of local community organisations and charities."
This smacks a tad of the state dictating to the people of what is 'required behaviour', an aspect all too familiar with this authoritarian government. It also carries the whiff of more opportunities to create state employment as, if it requires 'the close involvement of local communities and charities', then monitoring of this 'volunteering' will be a necessity.
Oh to be a teenager once again - if only for the pleasure of telling Gordon Brown and his johsworths to 'go self-procreate'!
* Oops - just remembered they do - on Parliamentary 'Fact-Finding' trips!
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