‘Parents could be fined or jailed if they fail to keep their children in education until the age of 18. Gordon Brown says he's considering ways of making youngsters stay at school or undertake training after their GCSEs. In the biggest shake-up in education for 30 years, the Chancellor's officials are considering extending truancy laws to the 16-18 age group.’
Yes: that’s right. You’re old enough to drink alcohol and have sex (anally with your same-sex partner, should that float your boat) but if you dare exercise your will not to attend a PE lesson (in which the government now deems it necessary to tell you what sports to play), your parents could go to jail. Lucky that that self-same government plans to build a lot more prisons, really, isn’t it?