A quick scything of David Blunkett

Via Mail Online, (and no, it’s not an Isotosty link…) your Reaper notices that the randy David Blunkett has written another one of his “I want to show everyone just how right-wing I really am” pieces. He tells us that: “I am proposing the creation of a National Volunteer Programme, a wide-ranging scheme to give volunteering opportunities to all young people aged between 16 and 25.”.

Oh? Tell me more, Blunkers. He goes on: “I’ve heard for myself just how much volunteering can change someone’s life. There was one young woman I met whose life had fallen apart: she’d had a baby, but she was involved with drugs and ended up in prison. But by later becoming involved with the Prince’s Trust, she was given hope. So well did she acquit herself that she was offered a job by the Trust, mentoring young people with similar problems. It was an opportunity that she grasped with both hands.”.

Obviously, I am pleased to see that this woman has turned her life around. As someone who is experiencing a period of real difficulty himself, I should know. I believe that people can change and learn from their past errors. And there is nothing wrong with Blunkett’s idea, although as a libertarian, I am slightly uneasy with the state administering such a scheme. However, there is just one question that I have in mind at this point. It’s a rather pernickety question and possibly more than a little bit impertinent in the eyes of some, but…

Why didn’t Blunkett do this when he was Home Secretary?

Just to emphasise the point, here is the same question again, only in red print and capital letters…


The last time that I checked, Labour were in power for 13 years. They had ample opportunity to create a national volunteering scheme. Money wouldn’t have been an issue back then. They had tons of it, and Gordon was pissing it away like a drunk against a wall on a Saturday night. Why didn’t Blunkett push for this whilst he was the Home Secretary? He also complains that some parts of the UK (might he thinking of Sheffield?) have a “culture of entitlement”. Again…


It’s an awkward question, and probably one he doesn’t have a decent answer for.

7 comments for “A quick scything of David Blunkett

  1. September 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

    National Volunteer Programme

    National and Programme. Groan. He just can’t keep the Statist out of anything, can he?

  2. formertory
    September 1, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Sorry, must have skimmed it too quickly. Was that “programme” or “pogrom”? 👿

  3. September 1, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I don’t think this is “right wing” it is just authoritarianism verging on totalitarianism.

    • LJH
      September 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Excellent observation!

  4. September 1, 2011 at 11:42 am

    “I’ve heard for myself just how much volunteering can change someone’s life.”

    Who cares what Blunkett has heard? I’m sick of these politicians and their bright ideas.

  5. September 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Blunkett didnt propose it because….. Gordon Brown did. In a speech in Manchester Sept 2006. He called it the Youth Community
    National Movement, to be shown off during the 2012 Olympic Games.

    It was dropped after so many compared it to the 1936 Games in Berlin.

  6. john in cheshire
    September 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I just wish Mr Blunkett would keep his stupid mouth shut. Being blind is no excuse for being an imbecile.

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