Archive for February, 2016

Prison Privatisation

Posted: 09/02/2016 in Uncategorized

Cameron launched his latest cunning plan this week.  What was astonishing about it to me was his belief that what has made prisons a disgrace was nothing to do with his policies.  The staff reductions, funding cuts and a range of other events happened in a vacuum that had nothing to do with him.

They then wheeled out Gove to flesh out some detail but not much.  The thrust was to give Governors more autonomy and to be able to spend their funds as they wished.

The language used was so telling.  Entrepreneurial, creative with funding and so on.  You don’t have to read between the lines to see privatisation writ large.  Staff costs will be cut and more G4S types wil be brought in to do this.  Sale of goods made in prison and even labour hired out.  Scaremongering?  Not a jot.  Look at America and their scandalous system.

This Government is withdrawing from all areas where they should be carrying out their duties on our behalf and abrogating all responsibilities as an elected body representing the whole country.

Cameron is trotting out this sort of crap on a regular basis and doing a good job of not  giving a shit.  We allow them to get away with this sort of policy at our peril.  They are destroying all that we have fought for bit by bit and in a mighty rush before we catch on.