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More Balls

Further to my recent post about new measures from our Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. Foreign readers may be surprised that we have a department for children schools and families (sic). I, on the other hand, am alarmed: even the name indicates the totalitarian intent of the New British state.

Prompted by a clip on TV news, I have now found the full text of Ed Balls’s speech given to the Fabian Society yesterday. Didn’t the resolution to announce new policy to parliament, not outside bodies – in this case a para-Party body – last a long time? It bears close reading:

Excerpt I:

Our ambition must be that all of our young people will continue in education or training.

That is what our Bill sets out to achieve – new rights for young people to take up opportunities for education and training, and the support they need to take up these opportunities; alongside new responsibilities for all young people – and a new partnership between young people and parents, schools and colleges, local government and employers. ….
But it is important to make clear that this is not a Bill to force young people to stay on at school or college full-time. They will be able to participate in a wide range of different ways through:

* full-time education, for example, at school or college
* work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship
* or one day a week part-time education or training, if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering more than 20 hours a week.

But the Education and Skills Bill is a bill of responsibilities as well as a bill of rights.

Because if young people fail to take up these opportunities, there will be a system of enforcement – very much a last resort – but necessary to strike the right balance between new rights and new responsibilities.

Phew – not necessarily locked up in schools then, but on probation otherwise (as will of course any employers be – they’ll have to have enhanced CRB checks, of course). This is enlightening as to what Mr Brown means when he talks about a Bill of Rights and Duties, “building upon existing rights and freedoms but not diluting them – but also make more explicit the responsibilities that implicitly accompany rights…”. It confirms what many listeners will have guessed: you have the right and freedom to do exactly what the big G tells you to. This is the traditional line of Calvinism and Islam, is it not?

Don’t you love that “our young people”? Völkisch, nicht wahr?

Excerpt II:

The second building block [after mucking around with exams and the curriculum some more – GH] is advice and guidance – so that young people know and understand what is out there, and can be confident that they can make choices that will work for them.

First, this means local authorities taking clear responsibility for advice and guidance as part of the integrated support they offer to young people – making sure that youth services, Connexions and others who provide personal support to young people come together in a coherent way.

Second, clear new national standards for advice and guidance.

Last week my colleague Beverley Hughes set out clearly what we expect of local authorities as they take responsibility for the services provided by Connexions.

Third, a new local area prospectus available online, already available from this September in every area – setting out the full range of opportunities available, so that young people can see the choices available to them clearly in one place.

So not only will whether you do something state-approved be checked, but what you do will be subject to state advice and monitoring and made from a menu provided by the state. For the uninitiated Connexions is a formerly semi-independent, and notionally voluntary, database surveillance scheme for teenagers set up under the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

9 comments to More Balls

  • Ian Bennett

    new rights for young people to take up opportunities for education and training

    Don’t they already have those?

    and the support they need to take up these opportunities

    And that? (Education Maintenance Allowance, inter alia.)

  • fjfjfj

    “nicht war” would mean “not was”.
    You mean “nicht wahr” = “not true”.

  • guy herbert

    Thought it looked wrong. My spelling is fairly dodgy, even in English.

  • Nick M

    Will our young Brownshirts have to sing this as well?

    (There’s some complete fucking morons in that YouTube comment section)

  • Well, that was enlightening. (A great movie, BTW).

  • Nick M

    Yeah, I rather liked it. I know that neo-nazis and the like are frequently thick but the ones on that thread totally failed to appreciate the context of the clip. Complete knuckle-draggers. They’d probably enjoy “The Producers” as well!

  • Sunfish

    Reading those comments, I’m impressed that a bunch of inbred Aryan chimpanzees can manage to find Youtube.

    Nazis: proof that, on dark nights when nobody’s around, people in the deepest darkest corner of Bavaria have had sex with pigs (with the pigs in the driver’s seat)

    YADATROT: Brown says:

    So I recall a British story of liberty(…)best advanced in the modern world when we recognise the responsibilities we owe to each other..

    He’s an ass. I don’t know of any better way to say it.

    He is why, whenever someone says “Fuck you, pig” to me at work, deep in my heart I rejoice.

  • Paul Marks

    First people are compelled to stay at school till 16 years of age.

    The teenagers who do not want to be at school just disrupt and make it very difficult for anyone else to learn.

    Then there were bribes (taken from the taxpayer) to get 16 to 18 year olds (or even under 16s) to go Colleges of Further Education – which they ruined for the students who did want to be there (because they wanted to learn).

    Now the 16 to 18 year olds are going to be CONSCRIPTED.

    Only the Brownites will not use the words “conscript” or “conscription”.

    So young men (for that is what teenagers are) are going to being forced into schools or colleges (by the threat of fines or prison or whatever).

    However, teachers are not quite in the same position as Army N.C.O.s in the 1950’s (or even teachers in the 1950’s) so controlling these young people is going to be a “bit of a problem”.

    Still I may have got the wrong end of the stick.

    If may be that the 16 to 18 year olds will just not get benefits if they refuse to go to school or college.

    That would not be conscription. But why not just NOT GIVE THEM BENEFITS WHETHER THEY GO INTO “EDUCATION” OR NOT?

    No able bodied young person need be out of work – otherwise hundreds of thousands of people from Eastern Europe could not find work all over the country.

    So these young people on benefits should simply stop being given benefits – there should be no nonsense about “we will give you benefits if you go into education”.

    “But the young will not work in these low level jobs, they would prefer a life of crime”.

    Then put them in jail (after they have committed crimes) – after all after (or during) their compulsory “education” they are going to jail anyway.

    Of course, like the black hearted reactionary I am, I would suggest trying the old Isle of Man punishment for crimes, before the young criminals had to be sent to prison.

    But corporal punishment is considered barbaric today. So off to prison with them, where they will rot.

    Pity really – as I doubt there is anything genetically wrong with them.

    In a way it is “the fault of society” – but it is the collapse of Civil Society (for example the acceptance of personal responiblity for criminal acts) that is the fault.

    Traditional families, voluntary associations (such as the scouts and so on in urban areas) and churches (and traditional teaching by churches) have all gone into decline.

    The young people who are not interested in education or training, and who will not accept low level jobs, are the result of this decline.

    Their grandfathers (or these days great grandfathers) would have been disgusted by them, but it is hard to see how civilization will get stronger again.

    More likely it will continue to get weaker.

  • Alcuin

    Has Balls been for his mandatory indoctrination at the University of Delaware, one wonders?