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Madalena
- 2451 days ago - uruknet.de
on reflection the proposal by the British Government to have children taught in the art of weapons training and military drills, becomes an even more insidious plan, as this will only be applied to those children in the state funded "comprehensive" school



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Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Wednesday April 9, 2008, 4:37 pm
Hussein Al-alak, Iraq Solidarity Campaign



Apri 8, 2008

Dear sir,

Further to my last letter Training Kids to Kill, on reflection the proposal by the British Government to have children taught in the art of weapons training and military drills, becomes an even more insidious plan, as this will only be applied to those children in the state funded "comprehensive" school system.

In other words, the Labour Party are planning to penalise working class young people, for having parents who cannot afford to send them to either privately funded or specialised schools and are basically forcing them into a no-win situation, where working class youth are being forced to choose between a life of instability; through the lack of employment, training and academic opportunities or receiving a medal in receipt for having their legs blown off.

Not too long ago, one Labour minister pretty much confirmed this political direction, by saying that people in council housing should be made homeless if they were not actively "seeking work", but since the Labour Party introduced the tuition fees to university, there has been a decline in university applications from people from poor backgrounds, thus putting that same constituency of people at a disadvantage when trying to seek work.

The damage to Britain has already begun to express itself, through the growth of illiteracy among British children, where some teachers have even informed me that they are working with teenagers who are at the literacy "stages" of a British primary school. There is also an increasing number of young people who are leaving the education system, without the basic and the necessary skills needed to benefit them when entering the work place.

Last year, the Iraq Solidarity Campaign reported how the homeless charity "Shelter" were lobbying the British government because of the fact that 3.4 million British children were living in poverty, along with the fact that "one in 10 children" are still living in overcrowded housing, which is apparently enough to "fill the new Wembley Stadium 10 times over."

It was also reported that, "27 per cent of overcrowded families have children sleeping in living rooms or dining rooms", with "bad housing making our children ill," which in turn "robs them of a decent education", but it is shocking to think that any government would want to then twist the proverbial knife and "rob" their country's children of their future.

The Guardian published a report last August, which claimed that "that 5.2 percent of British soldiers deployed for over 13 months in Iraq, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder", with the mental health charity Combat Stress reporting, that "the seemingly indefinite struggle in Iraq has created the greatest crisis of morale among British troops for decades".

But as the "indefinite" struggles in both Iraq and Afghanistan continue, the British government are clearly seeking to fill their void of endless occupations, by turning working class children into an battery farm of cannon fodder, where they are seeking to replace dead or injured soldiers, with nothing more than an "army" of children.

Yours sincerely,

Hussein Al-alak
The Iraq Solidarity Campaign


 

Julia D. (92)
Saturday April 12, 2008, 11:25 am
What? Children drilled for killing in schools? Is that what I'm reading? Tell me it's not!
 

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Friday April 25, 2008, 12:36 pm
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