Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014


If the prize for the most efficient propaganda machine in Whitehall were measured by the number of lines published of (dis)information, “news” releases and “initiatives” those responsible at Petty France London SW1 would surely win. Now we are informed that those guilty of rebellious behaviour in prisons (now without the help of legal aid to argue their case)  are to be subject to increased  severity in punishments  notwithstanding the sacking of about a third of prison officers and the replacement of some of these by people of little experience and the consequent increase in the time prisoners are kept confined to their cells.  Enquiries are currently being carried out concerning the increased number of prison suicides and the efficiency or lack thereof at privately run penal establishments. The policies of this so called justice administration are passing from the merely bizarre and economising to the demonic.  Judges, lawyers, probation service, prison service and even magistrates have expressed their opposition to Grayling who continues before our almost incomprehensible  unbelieving eyes to take our once admirable justice system into the abyss from which there is no recovery in sight.

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