British security forces, or Irish defence forces - that should be the choice which all citizens who live in Northern Ireland must decide if compulsory National Service is restored by a future Westminster Government.
Under my proposed scheme, all adults aged 16 plus who hold either British or Irish passports, but who live in Northern Ireland must serve at least two years in the armed forces; a scheme similar to the one which exists in Israel.
Granted, mention Israel and this can spark a debate in the opposite direction about the situation in the Middle East.
However, in a truly democratic society, the powers-that-be have a moral duty and obligation to protect the citizens of that state.
Given the security co-operation established by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in terms of the cross-border bodies and British-Irish bodies, Northern Irish citizens will have the choice of either serving their two years with the British security forces - Army, Navy, Air Force and PSNI, or the Republic’s defence forces - Irish army, navy, air force, and Garda.
Likewise, during the time a citizen is serving with the security forces, as part of their National Service, they will be trained in a vocational trade, such as electrician, joiner, brick worker. In short, they will leave with recognised vocational qualifications as well as military training and social respect. These will also, if required, include recognised qualifications in numeracy, literacy and social communication skills.
After completing their two years, candidates will be given the option of continuing to develop their careers in the armed forces. The compulsory National Service will be done by all citizens, irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion and ability.
Even those with a clear physical or mental disability will have the opportunity to serve with the armed forces. The aim of such paid National Service is to develop the concept of patriotism in all citizens. It does not mean Northern Ireland will be flooded with either legal or illegal weapons as exists in parts of American society.
Such a cross-border initiative means that citizens who live in traditional republican areas will not be forced to serve in the British Army, for example, but can serve their two years with the Irish Defence Forces.
It also means that, potentially, every 16-year-old in Northern Ireland is guaranteed paid employment at that age, especially if the voting age is also lowered to 16. Young adults can opt out at 16, but must be enrolled in National Service by the age of 30.
The British and Irish Government must drastically reduce the amount of cash they waste on overseas aid and plough that finance into funding for cross-border National Service. Likewise, suitable candidates enrolled into a National Service scheme will also have the opportunity to represent their armed forces serving with NATO or the United Nations.
Opportunities must also be developed under a new British Isles/United States trade agreement that suitable candidates undertaking cross-border National Service may also complete part of that Service with the various branches of the US forces.
Similarly, as part of the cross-border arrangement, the British-Irish agreement can allow for hot pursuit of terrorist suspects on both sides of the Irish border across Ireland.
Practically, this means the PSNI and British Army can pursue dissident republican terrorists to Dublin if necessary and equally, the Garda and Irish Defence Forces could pursue loyalist dissidents into Unionist strongholds who attack the republic as a result of Brexit.
During the conflict, many republican terrorists were able to evade capture because they escaped to the safety of the Irish republic. It should be noted that the IRA’s 1956-62 border campaign became a military disaster because the British and Irish security forces co-operated - especially through the tactic of internment - to stamp out the cross-border threat from republicans.
Likewise, such locally trained militias as a result of National Service would have powers to combat anti-social behaviour and criminality in their communities, as well as prepare the island of Ireland for any potential threat from radical Islamic terrorists.
This will give more trained ‘bite’ to the PSNI-approved Neighbourhood Watch schemes, without those schemes gaining the reputation of becoming little more than armed vigilantes.
The cross-border National Service programme should be introduced as part of a comprehensive scheme of combating crime in the community. Primarily, the death penalty will be re-introduced for convicted murderers, especially child killers and drug barons.
The form of execution will be the electric chair as death by lethal injection gives the perception of the convicted murderer simply going for a wee doze. If the death penalty is to be a deterrent, then the means of execution must put the fear of God into anyone thinking of committing a crime which could carry the sentence of death.
On the policy of prison reform, the 50 per cent remission will be axed and life in prison will mean life. The perception has arisen that Irish prisons are more like holiday camps than a location where convicted criminals will be housed.
As part of their sentences, all criminals - no matter what the degree of the crime - will have a period of hard labour whereby they will be used to clear rubbish, sweep roads in the same manner as the American system of chain gangs was adopted.
Anyone convicted by the courts of drug dealing will have all their financial assets seized and the cash injected into the respective health services on both sides of the border, especially in the areas of cancer research, drug rehabilitation, cutting the waiting lists and developing education provision.
There will be much tougher sentences for sex offenders with anyone convicted by the courts of sexual abuse chemically castrated or neutered. The sentence for child rape will be the automatic death penalty using the electric chair.
These may seem harsh measure and no doubt the ‘fluffy bunny’ liberals will be screaming human rights to the heavens. But the reality is that society can become too politically correct and the rights of victims of crime quickly brushed under the legislative carpet.
The perception of the ‘ordinary decent criminal’ compared to the terrorist must be confined to the legal dustbin. There are only criminals.
Society has a moral imperative to look after its citizens in terms of health, education and even employment. But society also has a duty of care to its citizens - and this means protecting them on the street or in their own homes.
The criminal must understand that when they seek to commit a crime, they will face dire consequences if caught and convicted by a court. People can moan about the need to be a tolerant, secular liberal society - until it is their home which is burgled, their car which is stolen, their granny who is mugged.
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