Recent rioting and lawlessness in some of Britain’s major cities has led to renewed calls for the establishment of a scheme for compulsory national civic service, with school-leavers participating in some compulsory work that will benefit the community.
Proponents of this idea highlight such a scheme’s ability to bring together disparate communities across the country whilst instilling some much needed social responsiblity into young people.
Detractors however point out the potential expense of a compulsory scheme and suggest that forcefully enrolling participants will be both unfair and potentially counter-productive.
Below we’ve outlined two diametrically opposed view-points on this debate.
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