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This national service plan is a patronising gimmick

26 May 2024

9:10 PM

26 May 2024

9:10 PM

The idea of bringing back national service to knock into shape teenage tearaways and long-haired layabouts was a staple of my youth.

Peppery comment articles along those lines in the old, broadsheet Sunday Express or News of the World would crop up intermittently through the ill-disciplined 1970s. Typically they would then be countered by the response that ‘the army doesn’t want them’ and the idea would die down for a while.

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