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February 02, 2007


Chris Baldwin

I believe that when the French scrapped National Service in 2000 or thereabouts one of the main reasons was that the army felt it was incompatible with the nature of soldiering in the 21st century, which rather suggests that conscription is unlikely to come back unless we have another (non-nuclear) world war.


A friend of mine was at university with Johann Hari. Apparently he was (and I quote) "an insufferable tosser" then as well.

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