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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Monday, 15 June 2015


Many years ago there was a popular T.V. comedy entitled "Never mind the quality, feel the width", featuring the goings on at a tailoring establishment.  That title has entered into the English language as a euphemism for quantity over quality.  The decimation of the numbers of quality warranted police officers over the last few years  is now being countered by efforts to increase  the quantities of lowly qualified PCSOs in Wales  Of course official spin tells a different story.  We`ve been here before.  Assistants to teachers originally hired to assist treachers in preparatory work now "teach" children.  Nursing assistants now undertake basic nursing and more.  Readers will have their own examples.  By all accounts the Labour controlled NHS in Wales is considerable less efficient  than in England. The Welsh can`t complain; it`s called devolution. Perhaps instead of moving the goal posts politicians at all levels will learn one day to tell the public who pay their wages the truth, maybe not the whole truth but certainly nothing but the truth.

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