In 2011 the King’s Scholarship application ‘General Paper’ form for the ‘elite’ Eton school asked 13-year old boys to imagine being Prime Minister in 2040 (they even got the age/timing about right, coincidentally) and writing a speech to justify as “necessary” and “moral” deploying the army to shoot protesters dead.
(c) The year is 2040. There have been riots in the streets of London after Britain has run out of petrol because of an oil crisis in the Middle East. Protesters have attacked public buildings. Several policemen have died. Consequently, the Government has deployed the Army to curb the protests. After two days the protests have been stopped but twenty-five protesters have been killed by the Army. You are the Prime Minister. Write the script for a speech to be broadcast to the nation in which you explain why employing the Army against violent protesters was the only option available to you and one which was both necessary and moral.