The discussions on the Jubilee stewarding thread prompted some thinking about 'welfare to work' and such. Are there any thoughts on the setting up of some sort of national service. Not in the sense of military service, but rather as a series of nationalised industries, with proper rates of pay, that could take over from the majority of the benefit system. School leavers, for example, if they didn't have their chosen job to enter, could automatically be hired. Anybody leaving a job/getting made redundant could automatically transfer. It could involve enhanced training opportunities to enable transition to other employment. I haven't given it a lot of thought and haven't even started looking for problems, but I thought it might be a subject for discussion. What sort of industries would be suitable? Should there be a minimum compulsory length of service, such that everybody is seen to give something to the community? Who should be exempt? Or is it a non-starter?