As is often the case, I have no idea where this blog post will go, especially on several pints and at this unearthly hour, but I know people are desperate for news, so here goes.
I really don't know what to make of yesterday, but in essence the quandary faced by everyone in the morning 'closed' session goes like this - have I just been privvy to a complete charade, or have I just heard the unvarnished truth?
It was clever swearing a room full of probation staff to secrecy, because unlike other parts of the criminal justice system, we generally keep secrets. As a union member, I feel duty bound to do as requested and not pass on any details via social media, but the question is, was this more about an attempt at neutering dissent, silencing a blog and covering the backside of the General Secretary, than a genuine expression of intent and a plan?
It's not scientific, but the vibes I picked up were very mixed. Undoubtedly some in the hall feel it was all smoke and mirrors, but I have to say the General Secretary was somewhat unusually in sombre explaining-mode and rhetoric-free. Maybe he took heed of yesterday's advice? Whatever, in retrospect, it may ultimately prove to have been a tactic too clever by half.
But it's not over yet. A dickie bird tells me there may well be some Emergency Motions to put before the conference this morning, possibly in a further closed session. So, apologies for talking in apparent riddles at this time, but I don't want to be accused of sabotaging any genuine actions being considered by the union. It may come as a surprise to Napo HQ, but this blog has always sought to be supportive, and especially in prosecuting the fight against TR.
All I can say is, carry on watching this space, and I will endeavour to provide more information and explanation as soon as I possibly can.
Good night all.