It’s funny how two weeks off work can cause one to procrastinate so much, isn’t it? I thought I’d spend that extra free time doing more productive things, but obviously I was wrong. Ironically, I find I now have more time to invest in this blog now that I’m back at work than I did when I wasn’t. Perhaps that’s because my job exposes me to more newspapers and other publications than usual, so I’m in turn exposed to more news? That would make sense, because on the first day back on the job, I stumbled across a news article about a new effort to make prisons tougher in Britain.
This gargantuan effort, which promises to turn our prisons into ‘Spartan’ prisons (which implies toughness the likes of which we’ve never seen on this little island), involves – among other things – more uniforms, less TVs per prisoner, a complete ban on Sky TV, and if that weren’t bad enough, less pocket money. With a shake-up of this magnitude (the biggest in 60 years, apparently), we’ll have to be careful we don’t stumble clumsily back into the dark ages.
I don’t know how they expect prisoners to cope with all of this. I mean it’s bad enough they have so few televisions in the first place; how else are they supposed to wise-up on world news while in this period of social isolation? And no Sky? That’s just evil. They’ll probably have to deal with terrible quality Freeview, or even worse, Virgin Media. How much worse can it get for them? What’s next? I suppose they’ll lose their right to vote as well.
In all seriousness though, I may mock, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. Of course, when I say ‘step’ I mean the sort of ‘step’ a child takes when they drag their feet across the floor, whining about how tired they are after walking about 50 feet, but it’s a step nonetheless. It’s certainly better than each inebriated backwards gambol we’ve been making for the past lord knows how many years.
Of course I’m certainly not alone in the opinion that surely, this could be solved overnight with just a hint of common sense, right? Perhaps you could pen that down to political ignorance, but even though things are getting better, I can’t get my head around how they got to the point where this is ‘better’. Still though, I don’t want to complain too much. A foot-shuffle in the right direction is better than any sort of movement in the wrong one, and I’d hate for my sarcasm to be taken seriously.