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James Blunt says Rishi Sunak’s national service plan is “not a bad idea”

“Meanwhile, the Tories trying to impose ‘National Service’ were partying until they were vomiting down the walls of No. 10.”

The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has also criticised the proposed scheme. “At 18 I was working full time and practising with my band three nights a week,” he wrote on X/Twitter.

“My mates were doing similar or were at university or poly. Threatening young people with National Service to impress some ancient right-wing voters, is one of the many reasons those clowns need booting out.”

He added: “People who never did National Service want to introduce it for young people they don’t know, in a world they are completely out of touch with, trying to impress others who are nearing the end of their lives.”

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “The national service we need from our young people is to vote for change on 4th July.”

Writer and director Armando Iannucci – who created the political BBC sitcom The Thick Of It – commented: “The money IS there to end child poverty.

“Sunak’s National Service scheme would cost £2.5bn. Getting rid of two-child benefit cap would lift 1.1million children out of poverty at a cost £1.8bn. The economic benefits of the latter would be immense.”

Comedian and presenter Nish Kumar (The Mash Report) wrote: “[Sunak] took a day off to have a think, and came up with ‘bring back national service’. The guy’s trying to lose. This election is the plot of the Producers.”

You can see those posts and more reactions below.

Keir Starmer is widely expected to become the next UK Prime Minister this summer after 14 years of Tory rule.

Responding to the general election announcement last week, he said it was “time for change” away from the “chaos” of the Conservatives.

“Only a changed Labour party will get Britain’s future back,” Starmer explained. “And make no mistake, the Labour Party has changed.”

Earlier this month, the Conservative Party suffered historic losses in the UK local elections.

In other news, D:Ream have spoken to NME about their shocked reaction to their 1993 hit ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ returning to the charts after being played over Rishi Sunak’s general election speech at Downing Street. They also teased what fans can expect from their set at Glastonbury 2024.

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