Tom Harris has just written this post about one of the schools in his constituency, good citizenship and talent:
But whatever you do, don’t waste your ability and your skills, because you’re the only person on the entire planet who can use them.
The Bible warns us not to waste our talents and Tom is right what he says, as far as it goes, but as I commented:
The very fact that the UK has to import teachers, doctors, dentists, plumbers and so on while one in ten youngsters is a ‘neet’ (not in education, employment or training) shows just how much talent has been left to rot.
You can talk all day about the vastly increased numbers attending university, but what are the benefits for the country?
At least a doctor or dentist should be able to repay his student debts fairly quickly, but you have inspired me to search for what subjects British students are signing up for these days, if not teaching or the various branches of medicine. Harry Potter, probably.
Geraint is right, we don’t want the government’s continual interference in our everyday lives as we all keep telling you, but one thing you that should be done is to make sure that we can look after ourselves as a nation, in terms of our military, food supply and employment in vital services and our ability to be productive.
We already rely on imported food, imported goods of all kinds and even imported labour. Centuries’ worth of skills are being lost and people are standing around street corners dealing (imported) drugs instead.
It’s no way to run a country – unless the idea is to run it into the ground.
But, yes, I know some teenagers and they are very inspirational to me, especially the ones I meet at church, some of whom are multi-instrumentalists already.
They deserve a better government.