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National Citizenship Service for 16-year-olds launched today - Telegraph
Every teenager in the country will today be invited to take part in a two-month summer residential course under plans for voluntary programme of national service....

The Times reports from its bunker that the CameronYouth will cost the taxpayer £1400 a head. The official line is that "Funding for the Citizen Service is being provided through the scrapping of a community cohesion programme run by the Department for Communities."
Savings are not income, by not spending money you don't create it, it is still funded by mulcting the taxpayer.

Will today's troubled teenagers give up their summer holidays to join the "Blackshirts-on-Sea" camps? Or will it be just subsidised holidays for the middle classes?

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My money's on there being a far higher proportion of Tarquins and Cassandras signing up than the national average would indicate. There's nothing like pushy middle class parents for exploiting potentially useful things to put on a child's cv - especially if they look like they are free which as you point out this one isn't.

Perhaps the youngsters will get to learn the words to Vorwärts! Vorwärts! schmettern die hellen Fanfaren

That'd make their march trip home quite festive.

"My money's on there being a far higher proportion of Tarquins and Cassandras signing up than the national average would indicate. There's nothing like pushy middle class parents for exploiting potentially useful things to put on a child's cv - especially if they look like they are free which as you point out this one isn't."

On the other hand, if you are a middle-class parent - and therefore one of the principal targets for taxation in the realm - why wouldn't you take advantage of this for your sprogs?

If they're going to fritter away the taxes you pay on such things anyway, why not at least get in on the scam?

how many will come home pregnant?
After all what else can 16 year old do.

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