Cameron’s criminal reform – why it’s criminal and dangerous

It’s one thing to consign the less gifted to the scrap heap. At least all they will do is watch day-time TV and drink chemical cider. The Twatories have already saved face by branding these people ‘spongers’ who are too lazy to work, to cover the Conserve-a-toffs culpability in disenfranchising this entire section of society. (Actually, to be fair – Labourious Policies didn’t help either.)

I am less happy at the idea that G4S, who already made an embarrassing shambles of the Olympics, might be put in charge of the probation service. Check out G4S for exploitation and malpractice here 1, 2, 345, 6

David Scameron recently announced a plan to sell criminal justice to the private sector on a ‘pay by results’ basis. Heard this before? I have. Adult education went this way some years ago, and what happened there?

A friend of mine works in the adult education sector for one of the ‘big providers’. Her job is to help people back into work or education, to reduce the unemployment figures. A decade ago programmes to help the unemployed lasted days or weeks – with sustained work going in to helping the client. It was recognised that many needed new skills, not just plumbing, maths or other ‘work skills’, but also help with holding a job, paying bills, staying organised and focussed.

Now firms are paid by results. This has led to courses growing shorter and shorter so that results come more quickly. But of course the results are no longer meaningful. My friend spends 45 minutes with each client. She may see them once, perhaps twice, very occasionally three times.

For each 45 minute sessions she has to do an hours admin minimum.

It is impossible to achieve required targets legitimately, and people basically fudge the paperwork, lie about outcomes or otherwise ‘magic’ results from nothing, because otherwise they wouldn’t get paid. They are an advice service which only spends 30-40% of its time giving advice, the rest doing paperwork to try and get paid. The service it provides has become incidental to the job of securing funding.

Her company is not the only one doing this, they all are – they all have to to survive – the most well known being the A4E ‘scandal’.

Now Scameron and his band of Twatory idiots wants to bring the same system to bear on criminal justice.


When that happens, the only thing standing between us and the high-risk offender in the community is a fat idiot hired at the last moment, totally unqualified and poorly trained by a company that frequently gets stuck in the toilet because it can’t tell its arse from its elbow!

Never mind. If the G4S probation worker, recently hired, previous employment including stacking shelves in Sainsbury’s and two-weeks work-experience at Norma’s donkey sanctuary, needs further training, they can always turn to A4E!!!

How can a Government be so blind? How is it that everyone who works for Adult Education can see its failure yet the Government won’t listen? Is it really true that Scameron can now destroy our justice system as well, again against the majority of professional advice, and endanger the public because morons with no actual life or working experience now sit in Downing street with an unlimited power to fuck everything up!?



4 thoughts on “Cameron’s criminal reform – why it’s criminal and dangerous

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  1. I don’t know. It is difficult when you know this happens and feel powerless to fix it. That said, I do know some people that have gotten out of these situations and made a better life only not to be able to be hired by anyone because people don’t want to hire criminals. It is a whole vicious cycle.

    1. Absolutely Rebecca, I think it’s all of us who need to change to fix ‘crime’ – people re-offend because there’s nothing else out there for them, no-one will forgive them or offer a second chance. And this latest Twatory nonsense won’t do anything to address that either. Thanks for the thoughtful comment.

  2. Writing from Santa Fe, NM, only about a week and a half from our own presidential election. Why does this piece, speaking of he ultimate ‘privatization’ of everything by so-called ‘conservatives’ sound so familiar? Can it be indicating a worldwide generational struggle/shift?

    1. I think it does to some extent. It’s as if the government is trying to find where it belongs now that privatisation and plutocracy have undercut much of its old role. So it keeps interfering way beyond its expertise and making a dreadful mess. I hope the generational shift, if there is one, is toward decentralisation – putting the power back in the hands of real, shop-floor experts.

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