This has gone on long enough and the time has come to call a halt to the madness. Apart from a few Tory ideological zealots and privateers on the make, there is absolutely no enthusiasm or stomach for this dangerous and unworkable slow train wreck of an omnishambles euphemistically called 'Transforming Rehabilitation'.
Even though the MoJ won't openly admit it, there is insufficient interest being shown by potential bidders both in the private and voluntary sector in taking on probation work. The realisation is finally dawning that the risks are just too great and the potential rewards so tenuous that it's just not worth a candle. From every quarter there is trouble, whether it be jittery investors, an incalcitrant workforce or unhappy politicians.
I'm told that even the MoJ is riven with disdain for a failing project that requires every effort to be made to ensure a silk purse becomes a sow's ear. Possibly Chris Grayling and Jeremy Wright still feel that the TR omnishambles can be rolled out before the next General Election, but virtually everyone else thinks differently and it's just a matter of time before their hides will need saving by resort to a cunning plan 'B'.
If evidence were required as to the real state of feeling within the MoJ, it's provided by the news of a further leak regarding the updated Risk Register that Grayling resolutely refuses to publish. Here's today's Observer:-