Higher education minister David Lammy has backed calls for a national army of volunteers to help the UK economy out of recession.
All credit to Lammy, he seems to be admitting that the state needs slave labour because it has pissed all its money up the wall. There's no "social inclusion"-type bollocks cited as the primary motivation here: it's quite simply that the state needs cheap—or, rather, free—slave-labour because it has run out of cash.
On the other hand, of course, David Lammy is a total fuckwit, since the Demos report that he is praising also demands that businesses get fucked over—which is not a recovery-friendly policy.
Employers would have to allow their staff to take a week off a year to take part in the service.
Ah, so, it's not so much "to help the UK economy out of recession" as it is to provide the state with free labour.
Meanwhile, university students would be required to carry out 100 hours of community service in recognition of the subsidy the state pays towards their education - estimated at £8,000.
Uh-huh. And no doubt you will be housing these students in some sort of camp, right? Like the scouts. You could call them "work camps" or something...
I tell you what—I have a far better idea. Every MP should be forced to do 100 hours of community service every year, in recognition of the £250,000 of the subsidy
How about that, Mr Lammy, you fucking fascist?
Report author Sonia
Sod HerSodha said: "A civic corps serving the nation will help local communities, ease the burden on public services and boost young people's employability at a time when the recession is biting."
Oh yes: slave labour is very good for helping local communities, eh? That'll bring home to everyone just what a just and free country we live in, won't it?
And the fact that every young person is compelled to undertake such work will really make them stand out—it'll be a massive fucking differentiator, eh?
Naturally, those working for the state—and, of course, think-tank report authors—will be exempt from this little scheme because they are far too important to have their crucial work disrupted. They will be needed to direct the labour where it's most needed—the salt mines of Cheshire, for instance.
Mr Lammy said: "I have long campaigned for a national civic service and I hope the recommendations from this excellent report find their way into the next Labour manifesto.
"In a consumerist age young people need more opportunities to develop an ethic of service to others.
"In a multi-cultural Britain we must bring together young people from different backgrounds to encounter and work alongside one another. For a more altruistic, less parochial youth culture we need a national civic service."
He is due to speak at a seminar on the report. Later, his officials said he "supported an element of compulsion" but not the report's recommendations on finance.
Go fuck yourself, Lammy. If you want to mend this "broken society" then you need to address the root cause of it—which, as I have long argued, is the Welfare State.
Forcing people into unpaid labour is not the way to go about addressing this issue—quite the reverse. Far from meekly accepting that community work is good for them, young people are far more likely to hate and resent the state that is forcing them to be slaves to its ambitions.
Actually, maybe its not such a bad idea... It would help the revolution along massively...
No, slave labour is absolutely wrong and should never be contemplated. Thank fuck NuLabour will be out at the next election and the Tories can save us from this insanity.
The Conservatives have proposed a six-week national service scheme for youngsters in the summer after their GCSEs.
UPDATE: both Timmy and Longrider point out that such schemes have very dubious antecedents.
Oh, and the excellent reelmolesworth sums it up in style...
kabinet minnister david LAMMY komand all skoolboys to do civik servise hem-hem pehaps if MPs come & dig skool onion patch we ma konsider it
UPDATE 2: The Appalling Strangeness is also outraged at this idea. [Emphasis mine.]
Besides, does this really create an "ethic of service to others" or rather create an idea that, from an early age, that the state can demand from its citizens pretty much what the fuck it wants when it wants it? Because the real people who will benefit from this will be the likes of Lammy, who will have access to a large, unpaid pool of labour. Just imagine if a large corporation demanded free labour from the youth of this country. There would be absolute outrage. Well, this is pretty much what is happening here; except that the government is also using this as an opportunity to indoctrinate the people from and early age with the idea that serving the state is something that should be done by all. It demands us all to be grateful to the monolithic, bureaucratic and increasingly dictatorial state. Which is something that makes me feel physically sick.
It's rare that someone puts something more strongly than your humble Devil, but I think that my colleague has encapsulated just how nauseous this whole scheme makes me feel very well.