I am really confused about David Cameron's call for a new "Citizen's Service, or as he would have it described "A National Service for the 21st Century".
His idea is something akin to a voluntary community service project, with the emphasis on "voluntary". You have to ask, what ever sort of binge drinking hoodie is going to want to voluntarily join up for this scheme ?
Yes, I am sure there are 16 year olds who would love to do it. The problem is for Cameron, that these are the same responsible, caring, literate 16 year olds who are not part of the problem that society faces at the moment. Quite how Cameron's plan would solve any problem with youth crime and offending is beyond me.
In many ways, his voluntary scheme is something akin to the British Army after National Service was axed in so much as it is voluntary and the people who sign up to it do so of their own free will. So any parallels with National Service that David Cameron proposes are complete pie in the sky.