UK Liberty

Labour, the defender of liberty

Posted in politicians on liberty by ukliberty on November 9, 2007

Add Ed Balls to the list of great defenders of our liberties:

But it is important to make clear that this is not a Bill to force young people to stay on at school or college full-time. They will be able to participate in a wide range of different ways through:

  • full-time education, for example, at school or college
  • work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship
  • or one day a week part-time education or training, if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering more than 20 hours a week.

But the Education and Skills Bill is a bill of responsibilities as well as a bill of rights.

Because if young people fail [not, “choose not to”, but “fail” – ed] to take up these opportunities, there will be a system of enforcement – very much a last resort – but necessary to strike the right balance between new rights and new responsibilities.

Because when we say “everyone will participate”, that’s what we mean.

No one will be left out on the basis that it’s just not for them – or it’s too hard to meet their needs.

Some will need special help. But that doesn’t mean they will be exempt.

Indeed! You have freedom of choice. You can choose to obey us, or not. But if you do not, you will be forced to obey.

Obey!

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