In my home town of Wirral a young policeman Constable Dave Philips was mowed down and killed by a youth in a stolen pickup truck last October allegedly? Whatever the outcome of that trial my heart goes out to his family and I offer thanks for the sterling work our police face while protecting us.
I have had many discussions about the merits of National Service being reintroduced as a measure of controlling the feral youths who no longer give a damn for life or property. Before I go in to that subject I would most certainly lay some of the blame for the spiralling violence at the feet of our authorities who have let this happen because of bad decisions and political correctness. For too long police powers have been eroded or not enforced with the vigour they demand. Our courts of law are either not powerful enough to give out adequate punishment or those who impose it are out of touch, or both. We also have a Government who only have one objective with regard to employment “Sanction, sanction and sanction again, all to save money to balance the figures. They still haven’t figured out that if they deny these people money legitimately then a lot will turn to crime and it will cost a lot more in the end. They need something to aim for, something to achieve, a goal. I know full well that there are some who you simply cannot help because they are criminal through and through and should be treated as such. There has got to be a better way than all these youths dressed from head to toe in black, hoods up scarfs tied tightly around their faces wandering around the streets day and night.
However National Service is not the answer, society has changed and the youths who have no desire to be soldiers would not obey orders. They would bring nothing but disruption to what is a professional army and if or when that army is called on to fight wars you need people you can trust and rely on, I know. And then we have the human rights issue. People would be contacting lawyers claiming a breach of their human rights, it would be chaos. There is also another problem that didn’t really exist 60 years ago and that is the language barrier. We have so many British nationals now from foreign countries who don’t speak English that it would make any communication impossible. National Service might invoke memories of a once disciplined society in some but it is not workable today.