It’s fascinating how ideological positions can change when it suits. Thus, in addition to funding directly the National Citizen Service, the government is now coughing up £1.8 million to the National Volunteer Police Cadets. Evidently the State can intervene if it so desires, can forego the private and ignore the invisible hand of the market, especially in the case of its behavioural modification programmes. Ah, but you say, this intervention is to be monitored by the Middlesex University. The only snag is everybody seems to have made their minds up already.
Hence as CYPN reports:
Researchers at Middlesex University will spend the next two years evaluating the usefulness of the cadet programme and how it helps young people to develop and improve the way they feel about authority. [my emphasis]
Jeffrey DeMarco, research fellow in criminology and lead researcher at Middlesex University, said: “We’re very excited to be involved with this project.
“Young people can have difficult relationships with authority but becoming a cadet can improve community relations and prevent run-ins with the police.”
That’s an independent and critical starting point.