The increasingly desperate Gordon Brown chose yesterday, of all days, to unveil a plan that peddles the tired old association of militarism and self-restraint, with an expansion of the school cadets scheme. Against the backdrop of British soldiers demonstrating the lack of control that army life is supposed to eradicate, Mr Brown announced he wanted tens of thousands of state school pupils to volunteer for uniformed training in the Army, Navy or Air Force, to teach discipline and national pride. The focus for his trial project, naturally, will be deprived areas. It would be risible as a suggestion from a retired colonel on The Daily Telegraph’s letters page; from a future prime minister it is terrifying. At least Tony Blair’s right-wing tendencies had an air of sincerity. Mr Brown appears to have got his from watching reruns of Till Death Us Do Part in the hope he makes a connection with a daytime talk radio audience.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Today's news: soldiers are violent
Martin Samuel is not surprised at the footage of British squaddies beating up Iraqi prisoners: