As with so many government departments, I spent more time ticking checklists than actually out doing the job. Stuff like walking the wing stopping shit from happening. That wasn't considered important.
So, as I often say- if one bitches, one should offer a solution. Here it is.
Can the national headquarters staff- at least everybody who has never done time on the floor. Out with policymakers, trick cyclists and university wankers.
Nobody gets into management without serving their time and going up through the ranks. This was the case once. Would you put civilians into the top ranks of the army?- madness.
The great liberal experiment was to 'soften' the prison service. They decided that it was too authoritarian (FFS!), so uniforms were changed and anything with a military theme, such as parading, badges of rank and service-type discipline were removed.With that mistake can the deluded idea that inmates need education ahead of work. So funds were diverted from staff to supervise work details to airy-fairy programs teaching fuckwits full of their own self importance to have more self-esteem!
What they really needed, as was understood by those with a practical bent, was to know work. To understand that they got up in the morning, work hard for a full day, then get up and do it again tomorrow.They also learnt that consequences were swift and unpleasant. A hiding down the block and a fortnight on lettuce soup.
Now they learn their friggin' rights!
This is a very perceptive piece from Oswald, who describes himself thus: "My opinions on matters of the day that, generally, have pissed me off. Being described as a 'Surly Curmudgeon', by those who meet me on a good day. I have a poor regard for the human species, in general." And he's dead right about the "liberal experiment" - it has been a plague on all our houses! Oswald Bastable is well worth a few minutes of your time today.