Monday, 28 December 2015

Comment Value Hierarchy

The following pinched from world-famous London blogger Diamond Geezer
ON TOPIC1a) Comment expanding on the theme of the post
1b) Comment developing the theme of the post
1c) Comment agreeing with the theme of the post
1d) Comment disagreeing with the theme of the post
1e) Comment giving an example on the theme of the post
1f) Comment recounting a personal experience directly relevant to the theme of the post
1g) Comment filling a gap left by the post
1h) Comment following on from other comments on the post
VEERING2a) Comment veering fractionally off-topic
2b) Comment veering more blatantly off-topic
2c) Comment telling some personal anecdote only vaguely related to the post
2d) Comment picking up on a tangential part of the post and going on about that
2e) Comment picking up on one tiny part of the post and relating a personal experience at great length 
2f) Comment ranting generally around the theme of the post
2g) Comment accidentally posted twice
2h) Comment apologising for accidentally posting twice
PEDANTIC3a) Comment pointing out a factual error in the post
3b) Comment quibbling with the central theme of the post
3c) Comment pointing out a slight exception to something in the post
3d) Comment picking holes in one tiny unimportant part of the post
3e) Comment picking holes in another person's comment
3f) Comment pointing out an 'error' which is actually correct
OFF-TOPIC4a) Comment accidentally posted to the wrong post
4b) Comment apologising for being off-topic but...
4c) Comment recognising it's off-topic but...
4d) Comment failing to notice it's off-topic
4e) Comment responding to other off-topic comments
4f) Comment reigniting some off-topic thread which might otherwise have died
4g) Comment careering off down some conversational cul-de-sac with no relevance to the original post whatsoever
UNNECESSARY5a) Comment about an old post, but added to the latest post in case nobody notices
5b) Comment pointing out a news article they think nobody else has seen
5c) Comment pointing out a news article everybody’s already seen
5d) Personal message that would have been better sent as an email
UNWELCOME6a) Comment from someone wishing I’d written about something else
6b) Comment from someone wishing I’d written about anything else
6c) Comment postulating what today's post should have been about instead
6d) Comment from someone who wants their time back
6e) Snarky comment taking a dig at the blogger rather than the post
7b) Spam
7c) Personal insult
7d) Not getting any comments


  1. Mark Leftly The Independent:-

    The troubled part-privatisation of the probation service has taken another hit with one new owner, Working Links, planning hundreds of redundancies across the country.

    The group, which is a public, private and voluntary-sector company whose shareholders include Capgemini, Manpower and the Department for Work & Pensions, is understood to be planning 200 job cuts in the Welsh probation service alone.

    This has prompted Natalie Bennett, the Green Party leader who is a former probation worker, to write to Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, demanding he “use whatever powers you have to mitigate job losses”. The letter, seen by The Independent, added that Ms Bennett has “grave professional concerns about our capacity in Wales to give offenders the care, attention, and time they require”.

    The reforms were overseen by the former Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling. He privatised 70 per cent of the service in England and Wales, with only the most dangerous offenders still looked after by the state.

    Mr Grayling confirmed last December that the private sector would be handed 21 “Community Rehabilitation Companies” (CRCs) in deals that are worth around £450m a year.

    Aside from Wales, Working Links runs the Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire CRC and another that covers Dorset, Devon and Cornwall – further job cuts are expected in both.

    One CRC, the Sodexo-run South Yorkshire region, has failed a Ministry of Justice audit and has until February to improve or be renationalised.

    Napo, the probation union, has long claimed that privatisation would cause redundancies and a poorer service, but ministers believe that greater commercial nous will reduce the costs of Britain’s highly expensive legal system.

    Ministry sources confirmed that an audit of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex CRC, run by Seetec Group, had “identified some areas for improvement”. But the situation is not as bad as that in South Yorkshire, where the MoJ audit found “lack of contact with offenders, ineffective enforcement and little or no evidence of any offence- or risk-focused work”.

    A Napo spokeswoman said: “Napo said from the outset that privatising the probation service would have a negative impact on the quality of service our members provide as profit becomes a priority over public protection and quality. We are now seeing our fears become a reality and urge the Government to urgently review all the CRCs’ performance.”

    A Working Links spokesman said: “After careful consideration, we are starting to streamline our support services across the business and have opened up opportunities for voluntary redundancy for those wishing to leave our CRCs.

    “This will be an enhanced package and it is our aim, wherever possible, to avoid compulsory redundancies.

    “We are consulting with the unions and our people on our proposed new way of working across the organisation. At this stage we are simply looking for expressions of interest of those people who may wish to leave the organisation.

    “Our front line delivery will not be negatively impacted by our proposed changes.”

    A MoJ spokeswoman said: “We hold providers rigorously to account for their performance and take action wherever they are falling short.”

    1. This comment comes under under Pedantic 3a. Natalie Bennett was formerly a journalist. The leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, was a former probation officer.

    2. Oh blimey yes of course - what a clanger.

  2. Just waiting for SWM and DLNR streamlining exercise.RRP announcement got to be soon,I guess.

  3. Probation Officer28 December 2015 at 12:04

    Sounds like Directors and their friends are to get EVR, before Working Links sheds frontline staff with no EVR ..... Sodexo model all over again as expected. So Seetec/KSS CRC needs improvements too. Wasn't it just the other day there was a commenter from there telling us how great is was to work there because they received a £150 Christmas "bonus"?

    So far on the CRC failure list it's;
    Working Links

    Who's next? MTCNovo??

    1. Ingeus RRP next

    2. Purple Futures releasing their staffing numbers and locations in early January. All staff informed of a meeting to be held on 11th. No more admin in probation offices and all are to be located in a central office. For the time-being each county will keep an admin hub but in due course and sooner rather than later there will be two. Everyone expecting Manchester to be one as they already have HQ there aswell as spare office capacity in Oakland House. Lots of people very worried about the future.

    3. SWM and DLNR Ingeus moving admin to nottingham and birmingham. No details yet but due to complete move by April 2016

  4. 7e) Comment from the author of the original article

    1. Narcissistic - 8: (a) comment which is all about ME!

      Rarely 'anonymous'


    'Hundreds of inmates' released in error

    1. Prisoners are being released early by mistake at a rate of just under one every week in England and Wales, figures have revealed. Ministry of Justice data obtained by the Press Association shows it has happened 505 times in the past decade. Cases have included those in prison for murder and other violent offences.

      Tory MP Philip Davies called the findings "disturbing", but the Prison Service said such incidents were "very rare" and becoming less common.
      The figures obtained by the news agency show that 48 suspected or convicted criminals were freed by mistake in 2014-15.

      In one case, Martynas Kupstys was released from HMP Lincoln while on remand for murder in August last year. He was returned to custody after waiting at a nearby bus stop for three hours, and was later convicted.

      In an other example, a prisoner was freed from HMP Hewell, in Worcestershire, in July last year after an apparent mix-up involving another prisoner with the same surname. He was taken back to jail the next day.

      Mr Davies, a member of the Commons justice committee, said: "The first duty of the Prison Service should be protection of the public. These disturbing figures show that once a week the Prison Service release the wrong prisoner, and have done so for many years. This is nothing more than a shambles which puts the public unnecessarily at risk."

      Shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter said it was further evidence of "the crisis in our prisons where overcrowding and violence are rife".

      The charity Victim Support said those affected by crime would be "alarmed and frustrated". Director Lucy Hastings said: "We know it can be distressing and worrying when offenders are released from custody - releases made in error can make this many times worse."
      The Press Association obtained the figures through a Freedom of Information request. They show 41 people were wrongly released from prison and seven from court custody last year. This was one fewer than the previous year.

      Over those two years, just under a quarter of the cases had been sentenced or charged over robbery or violent offences including assault and battery. One was in custody on a firearms charge and another was being held for possessing an explosive substance.
      Two of those released in 2014-15 had not been returned to custody by the start of December this year, including an alleged sex offender released from court.

      There were three releases from HMP Manchester, one from HMP Belmarsh and one from HMP Woodhill, all high-security prisons, over two years. HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire has the highest number of such releases over the same period with 10.

      The Prison Service said public protection was its top priority. A spokesman said: "These incidents are very rare but we are not complacent. "The number of releases in error has fallen by almost a third since 2009 and the vast majority are returned to custody very quickly.

      "The Prison Service investigates each incident and they are reported to the police for further action."