We are working towards ensuring that, in time, every young person gives at least 50 hours of service to their community in their teenage years.… Through the new Youth Community Service, all young people will be expected to give something back to their communities, and this will become a customary part of the growing up process for every young person.The pdf document talks of "the opportunity to give something back to the community". The html, though, tells a different story: not an opportunity, but a legal duty. Young people will be made to "give something back", and made to carry out "community service". You know who else is made to carry out community service, don't you: petty criminals. Given that being a young person is not a crime, the only name I can come up with for the concept of forcing young people to engage in work is child slavery.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Labour government to institute child slavery
This is not hyperbole. The recent
Labour manifesto "Building Britain's Future" document has some pretty barmy stuff in there. Under the heading, "Investing in young people", we read the following: