When is an oath not an oath?
But then this idea to compel all teenaged school leavers to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen and country comes from the same report [opens pdf] by Lord Goldsmith QC which suggests giving financial incentives to 'encourage' people to be proactive at the local community level, for example by running pressure groups or recycling schemes.
Financial rewards, for that? Is there nothing these people think can't be obtained from people by stick and carrot? Whatever happened to people doing things because they wanted to? Or because they thought it might be a good idea? Do those kind of motivations simply not exist in the world of Lord Goldsmith et al?
I wonder what they think we'd do if we weren't being threatened or rewarded. Or encouraged or 'incentivised', whatever. I'd love to know.