Labour must step in to rescue a generation of doomed youth – Mary Riddell – Telegraph

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This article by Mary Riddell in the Telegraph is WELL WORTH A READ. Check it out!

via Labour must step in to rescue a generation of doomed youth – Telegraph.

Personally, I have never liked Mary Riddle’s style of writing; she goes off at a tangent too easily and tends to be quick with opinion and light on evidence; most particularly, Mary Ridell tends to have no solutions. However, Riddle’s headline is a very worthy theme.

What is to be done about youth unemployment?

This question will be of major concern to young people, their parents and grand parents in the next election.

Personally, I would propose a radical solution:

Bring back National Service!

I was in Israel recently and quickly noticed Young people in uniform. Young men serve three years at the age of eighteen and young women two years. Many Israeli youth learn important skills in National Service.

For the UK, bringing back national service would have many advantages. It would:

  • Help teach young people skills that are relevant to today’s needs, including trades and public service
  • Help balance the savage cuts to the tri-forces
  • Force wealthy and privileged people to co-exist with ordinary youngsters from less advantaged background
  • Help deal with resource weaknesses in the Public Sector
  • Teach discipline and respect
  • Create a feeling of one nation
  • Break down multiculturalism

Any thoughts?

Enhanced by Zemanta | Tory minister Nick Boles: we are still seen as party of rich

This is a MUST READ article from the Guardian featuring a speech from UK Tory Minister, Nick Boles. Check it out!

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The new Guardian (Photo credit: OwenBlacker) | Tory minister Nick Boles: we are still seen as party of rich.

In my view, Boles is stating what most people believe. What’s different is that he’s part of David Cameron‘s Government and also that he cites Boris Johnson as a Tory with wider appeal.

Perhaps, this problem can be glossed over with spin and carefully crafted marketing. Personally, I suspect that it is just one of the many credibility problems David Cameron will face in seeking re-election. The real acid-test is whether the Labour Party will be trusted with economic management?

Any thoughts?

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