Easier to sell cells than sort social care?
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
Without assaulting you with a homily on penal reform, I do think that spending £2.5bn on ten thousand extra prison places is more an admission of defeat than a positive strategy to reduce crime; quite the reverse in fact. As a sample of what me might see happening in social care, it’s a bit frightening. ‘Inside the box’ thinking in more ways than one.
Why this fiscal commitment to prisons by Mr Johnson just a couple of weeks after becoming PM? I sort of got the impression that he was going to give priority to social care . . . if he can bung-in £2.5bn to bang-up more evildoers (as a stopgap measure) surely some of Boris’s bounty should be coming our way, and soon.
But the spots on the leopard are beginning to show; I fear we are going to see a lot of runaway populist policy with any really difficult stuff being once again relegated to the back of the hob.
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