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If I ruled the world: stop the spongers!

The emergency budget doesn't need to be too drastic—there's a whole generation of shameless spongers who should be forced into national service. And I don’t mean teenagers

By James Hawes   June 2010

We all know the problem, but none dare speak the truth. We maintain a vast sector who live workless and idle, bereft of any social function save that of state-subsidised consumers. Their useless days are spent in front of their television or computer or hanging about in parks, engaging with no one save their own age group, the temptation to regular stupefaction by drink and drugs just around the corner. For them, a regime of enforced social contribution, however much it might be resisted, would yield vast benefits in terms of mental and physical wellbeing, while helping to cure us…

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