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Saturday April 05 2008

Yes, Frank Chalk offers a different perspective on the row about military recruiters in schools:

If you are born into the Underclass, doomed to attend a dustbin of a school, then a career in the Army might well be your only ticket out of the slums. Yes, if you are unlucky you might be shot by some toerag in Iraq or Afghanistan; but if you manage to avoid that unfortunate outcome, then you can pick up a decent pension after 22 years or look for another employer who will snap you up, knowing that unlike most applicants; a) you will actually turn up to work and b) you will get on with things that you might not want to do without moaning too much.

Alternatively you could of course just remain in the Estate from Hell, where there are no employers and you stand a good chance of being shot by a rival drugs dealer or ending up behind bars for most of your life.  The NUT would like to remove your only hope of escape.

Well, not quite.  You still can join the army, even if your teachers don’t want you to think about it.  Teachers not wanting you to think about it might even encourage you.  I’m about a fortnight late with this posting.  But, this is not an argument that changes very much from one century to the next, so I’m going to forgive myself for that.