Advise, Assist, Befriend - life in the National Probation Service

or, 'Enforcement, Rehabilitation and Public Protection'. You know the drill: any views expressed here do not (necessarily) represent the views of the National Probation Service.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Thursday saw a Guardian story about the governor of HMPs Lindholme, Moorlands and Hatfield locking out staff from South Yorkshire Probation Trust, because of that organisation's alliance with G4S to bid for the contract to run those prisons. The most common reaction of my colleagues has been laughter at the thought that we sandal-wearers could ever be capable of industrial espionage, which I think misses the point that we seem to be reaching the logical conclusion of neo-liberal economics: the public sector is beginning to eat itself.

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