I have been watching Liz Truss, now Secretary of State for Justice, trying to be a Mrs Thatcher, saying she will not apologise to the prison officers for the state of prisons and massive staff shortages through cuts, making their jobs very dangerous.
The prison officers have constantly raised their concerns about the volatile, dangerous state of prisons and chronic staff shortages but only to fall on deaf ears. This government will not take responsibility for things going wrong because of cuts. The prison officers had no choice but to walk out. They are not allowed to strike, but what do you do when you are being ignored and staff being killed or injured? The police and Army would have gone on strike if they could as they have been treated badly by this government. When the prison officers walked out, Liz Truss was quick to go crying to the High Court for an injuction to get them to return to work, but for months had totally ignored the prison officers and their concerns. People need to stand up to this right wing dictatorship. The gap in the UK between “them” and “us” is at its widest ever, created by the Tories. The rich and wealthy have never had it so good. Nothing new there, the poorest in society have always subsidised the richest. Thatcher’s policy was divide and conquer and she has her clones finishing what she started. How long before we see workhouses?
W J Blundell, Cypress Place, Hunstanton