It goes without saying that, I am delighted to hear that the fundamentalist, ideology-driven, feral Tory capitalists, have now admitted to their inhumane, unjust and costly mistake when they privatised ‘Justice’ and have now taken it back to the heart of public sector, where it has always belonged. More on this a bit later.
First, I would like to recall the piece I had written a few years ago when Justice was being privatised and sold to the bidders who gave the lowest estimates! What a horrible and shortsighted way to value and honour Justice, you might say.
'Privatising the courts system: the public are not customers, they are citizens'
‘Court staff are the foot-soldiers of judicial independence, and even a fool could grasp the imperative to protect their impartiality.’
‘Why sell and fragment a service that has met or exceeded its targets?
The only reason must be money and ideology.’
(Clause 39 Magna Carta, 1215)-Photo: SlideShare
‘The tide of privatisation inches closer to the heart of our justice system by the day. Security, probation, transport and interpretation services are long gone. G4S provide child-abuse investigators and rape recovery suites, for profit. Legally-aided representation is in the MoJ's cross-hairs…’-For God’s sake, we are Citizens not Customers: Justice cannot be for Sale or Profit
Photo: Sean Smith/The Guardian
And Now the Good News
Probation services return to public control in England and Wales
‘Probation services in England and Wales will return to public control, seven years after Chris Grayling's changes that were later labelled as "flawed".
The former justice secretary's 2014 reforms saw the management of low-risk and medium-risk offenders contracted out to private companies. It led to what was assessed as "poor quality supervision" of many offenders…
Mr Grayling's reforms saw the 35 probation trusts in England and Wales previously running the sector being dismantled.
Under the system of 21 contracts, private companies, voluntary groups or charities had to bid to win million-pound contracts to run the Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs).
Opponents warned at the time of the reforms that the public could be put at risk, and many probation staff resigned over fears the new system would become too fragmented.
The House of Commons justice committee also expressed "considerable concern" that companies supervising low and medium risk offenders would not be required to have professionally qualified staff - although Mr Grayling promised employees would have the right skills to manage offenders…’-Continue to read
Read more on the madness of Justice for Sale
Privatisation: A pick from our archive
Finally, Lest We Forget
Privatisation and Systematic Rise in Corruption in Britain
‘The Posh Boys, brainwashed and stupefied by the ‘Posh’ Girl, privatised, deregulated and out-sourced all that was good and valuable and now finally, they have privatised, deregulated and out-sourced their soul and moral compass, and in the process have forgotten what it means to be human. Everything, including themselves, is up for sale to the highest bidders…’
Illustration: Chris Riddell/The Observer
'An uproar of voices was coming from the farmhouse. They rushed back and looked through the window again. Yes, a violent quarrel was in progress. There were shoutings, bangings on the table, sharp suspicious glances, furious denials...Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.' - George Orwell, closing lines of Animal Farm
...And thanks to the Posh Boys, new chapters are added to Animal Farm on a daily basis.
‘Corruption in Britain has reached new heights under Boris Johnson’s government.’
Illustration: Rebecca Hendin/The Guardian
How to Restore Trust in Politics, Governments, Institutions and Build a Better Country, a Better World
‘Trust is at a breaking point. Trust in national institutions. Trust among states. Trust in the rules-based global order. Within countries, people are losing faith in political establishments, polarization is on the rise and populism is on the march.’-UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 25 September 2018
It takes collective action to restore trust. Photo: Via Shutterstock