Yesterday the leader of the Conservatives, David Cameron anounced his intention to introduce a 6 week voluntary national service for 16 year-olds, if his party were to be elected. Within this 6 weeks he has proposed that there would be a week-long 'physical' compoent, which as the BBC explained: "May be spent with the Army". The scheme would be self-funding, Mr Cameron explained, due to the reduction in Crime and anti-social behaviour that would result from his initiative. 2 Points: 1. Are the young people most likely to be the perpetrators of crime and anti-social behaviour also the most likely to 'volunteer' to be part of this scheme? 2. WTF do the senior conservatives think the Army is up to at the moment. Have thay paid any attention to the commitments we are currently undertaking, and why do they think we would want to baby-sit a bunch of mid-pubescent youths? This initiative sounds as well thought-out as the Conservative think-tank's proposal that an element of the British Army should be structured and based permenantly in the UK to deal with emergencies such as the recent floods. Isn't this what the Fire Brigade used to be for before the government completely cut its funding? Why are all our (potential) lords and masters so naive regarding the actual purpose of an Army?