Sunak’s “national service” won’t foster national pride

Source: spiked
by Rakib Ehsan

“The Conservative Party’s plan to bring back a form of national service if it wins the General Election has proven more than a little controversial. … It’s all very well trying to use a revamped form of national service to encourage a sense of national belonging and civic responsibility among young people. But any gains will be cancelled out by an existing economic, social and political arrangement that is stacked against young people. They struggle to get decent-paying jobs and find it near impossible to get on the housing ladder. If the Tories were serious about cultivating a sense of national belonging among our youth, they would be outlining a fairer socio-economic settlement – one that offers teenagers and twentysomethings the opportunity to have a meaningful stake in society.” (05/28/24)