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Party Lines
September 2010

No man is an island.

You reap what you sow.

Ask not what your country can do for you...

What goes up must come down...

And all that.

I'm all for it!

Lul, I think it's the most exciting idea to come out of this country for a generation.

Can't think of many others.

Mind you, it's only the tip of the iceberg. Martin says — and I agree — they should all be doing National Service. Get these kids into smart uniforms and all that. Up at dawn, making things shipshape...

Do them the world of good.

But we can't say that nowadays.

No.

Somehow these kids have got to learn about pulling their weight. In society.

They've got to learn life isn't just about handouts. 

It's about putting something back. That's how you feel good about yourself. 

They do...

Rather than spending all day lounging around "down the leisure centre".

"Down the Leisure Centre". Very funny. "Down the shopping mall." Oh My God.

It's not like they're even buying anything.

Well they can't, can they?

Lesson number one in the new Big Society. Thank you very much. If you don't work, you don't get any money.

Plus...you know. The volunteering...

Whatever you want to call it, Lul. It's about showing these good-for-nothing layabouts — pardon me — that the days of getting something for nothing are gone. Finito.

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