I thought I'd just pen a few words and explain why I'm taking a break. One reason is that I'm tired and depressed - who wouldn't be with what's going on? I've also said a lot and there's always a danger of repeating myself endlessly. I can't be upbeat, because I'm not and I suspect being endlessly negative becomes wearing for both reader and author alike.
The whole TR omnishambles is shit from beginning to end whatever gloss and upbeat spin the likes of Russell Webster put on it, and if there are still doubters out there, just have a look at the opening paragraphs of the Target Operating Model published last week by the MoJ:-
This Target Operating Model describes a system which will deliver a step change in the
way we rehabilitate offenders, and which will lead to year-on-year reductions in
reoffending. This system will implement the vision which the Secretary of State described
in “Transforming Rehabilitation: A Strategy for Reform”.
The reformed system is designed to deliver more effective rehabilitation to more
offenders, while ensuring that sentences of the court are carried out, the public is
protected and taxpayers’ money is put to best use. It is a system in which innovation will
be encouraged and success in reducing reoffending will be rewarded.
When I read cloud cuckoo land stuff like this I'm reminded of that famous Labour Party manifesto put together by poor old Michael Foot and described as the 'longest suicide note in history'. When it all falls apart and history comes to reflect on the great Grayling TR disaster, there will be this document that will bear testimony to the whole folly and no doubt form a considerable part of his political obituary.
Last Thursday 19th September was undoubtedly a high point for this blog with 2480 hits in 24 hours, powerfully demonstrating people's concern and worry and I feel tremendously honoured that so many people drop by to read my thoughts and views. I will continue to write, but only when I feel there is something essentially new to say, and hopefully when a more positive frame of mind has returned.
Sadly we've lost 'Save Probation', but there's a new kid on the block 'PoOfficer' and I would encourage people to follow them. Joe Kuipers continues to keep us up to date with valuable information from the inside and there's always Russell with the endless tweeting........