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Civic service: might it actually happen?

By James Crabtree  

In last month’s Prospect Frank Field and I wrote a piece calling for a gutsy, ruinously expensive and rather illiberal national programme of national service. It kicked off a bit of debate—and is still being debated, for instance here last week by Nick Spencer, head of the think tank Theos. In the next edition, out this Thursday, we’ll have some reactions too—from everyone from communitarian giant Amitai Etzioni (broadly supportive) to a 15-year-old letter writer (broadly dismissive.) But no one thinks it will actually happen, right?

Perhaps not. Relatively well sourced rumours reach Prospect towers that, indeed, the government is…

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