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Citizenship First?

Frank Field and James Crabtree's call for compulsory civic service for all young people has provoked some heated debate. Here is a selection of the responses

By prospect   April 2009

This is a selection of responses to the March cover story by James Crabtree and Frank Field. To read the article in full click here.

A misconceived scheme 13th March 2009

I know Frank Field and he’s a wonderful man but this scheme is misconceived. He wants to remove every young person from their chosen career into a compulsory period of civic service. But the person who holds a real job in the market place is already performing a civic service, and real jobs teach the civic virtues better than do government or compulsory schemes. Frank Field and…

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