Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Blair on prisons

TUC conference. A prison officer raises the issue of prisons with Tony Blair. He asks why the number of prison places has increased since Labour came to power. I would have thought the answer to that was glaringly obvious, but let that pass. He then attacks Blair for increasing the role of the private sector, accusing him of 'putting people in prison for profit'. Ludicrous. Anyway, Blair rises to answer to that charge. The reason the number of prison places has increased is ... then he stops short. He stutters. He pauses. He lowers his eyes to the floor. How to explain that the increase is due to rising crime rates under his Government? Finally, he hits upon a face-saving form of words: the increase in prison places is due to the rising number of sentences being passed.

A half-hearted confession, but a confession, nonetheless.

By the way, for more on prisons, don't forget to check out the excellent PrisonWorks initiative.
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Anonymous Ellee said...

The Government has been keen to push alternatives, such as elecotronic tagging, but this has failed miserably, they can easily be removed, yet the Government has no data on this, it has not asked for it from the operators. Our prisons are overcrowded and morale is low among all, I can't imagine a worse job.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm starting to feel a little sorry for Princess Toni. The rate of abuse he's getting from these hecklers, he'll soon have public sympathy on his side. He may yet get his 'adoration' farewell tour after all.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Ellee said...

Anon, please don't waste your sympathy this way, just feel inspired that things will soon be changing for the better under Cameron.

2:31 PM  
Blogger John East said...

As poor Tony is now hated more than ever by the left, the unions and the anti-US lobby maybe he could launch a new career by joining the Conservatives?

Or maybe not.

9:53 AM  

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