Thursday, August 22
It takes all sorts
British army ‘targets’ under-18s from poor backgrounds to fill its ranks, writes The Guardian, highlighting a disparity between northern English cities and London’s migrant communities. The lefty brigade has never been a recruiting sergeant for the army and I recall my local youth club leader doing his best to talk me out of enlisting when I was 16. I admit that for some it’s a career choice of last resort, but that doesn’t invalidate the opportunities provided by the armed services. On concluding my regular service I did a brief spell in the territorials, the not-untypical recruit being an undergraduate from the local Russell Group university.