Jack Straw evicts 600 prison officers from their homes...and

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  1. Liebour, dont ya just love 'em.

    A Liebour master plan in action.
  2. Take everything you read in 'the comics' with a pinch of salt. As much as I dislike Liebour there is obviously more to this headline grabbing story.
  3. Dear God, you could'nt make it up... 8O

    That's it - the Coup starts next Wednesday(my day off)! :evil:

    Who's in?
  4. Where's your source, RancidFat?

    As for the coup, Frank, I'm in. I have a bowie knife and a rounders bat. Will these help?
  5. It's from the Daily mail.
  6. Linky: Daily Hate
  7. Daily Fascist

    Full Article:

    The Government is evicting more than 600 prison officers from their homes so they can move in convicted criminals to ease the jail overcrowding crisis.

    The news comes as jails were declared absolutely full for the first time ever, with the number of inmates in England and Wales totalling 82,068 – almost 100 above the official safety limit.

    The Ministry of Justice has told the warders to leave their State-owned properties by May 1 so they can be used to home burglars, thugs and drug dealers released on electronic tags – raising fears over public safety.

    More than 100 of the homes, ranging from one-bedroom flats to large townhouses, are in prime sites across London, where prison officers, who have been paying heavily subsidised rent, claim they cannot afford to buy houses.

    The offenders include prisoners without stable home addresses whom the Government would like to release on tags but fears may abscond. Also included are those on remand awaiting trial or sentence.

    Tony Mottram, 47, his wife Silvia, their two children and a foster son are facing eviction from their four-bedroom house owned by the Prison Service next to Wandsworth jail in South London. He said: "Prison officers earn a pittance and I cannot afford to buy a home in London."

    Justice Secretary Jack Straw asked magistrates to jail fewer people while officials tackle the overcrowding crisis
    Plans have been drawn up to extend an early-release scheme and Justice Secretary Jack Straw asked magistrates to jail fewer people while officials tackle the crisis. He said community punishments were better than a short prison term. But magistrates refused to bow to what they see as pressure from Ministers.

    The Prison Officers Association will challenge the Ministry of Justice in the High Court next month. General Secretary Brian Caton said: "It is crazy to evict loyal public servants in favour of convicted criminals.

    It is a direct result of the Government's appalling neglect of the criminal justice system. It was warned ten years ago that it needed to build more prisons."

    Britain's overfilled jails are at "panic stations" as they lurch from crisis to crisis, the chief inspector of prisons warned in an Observer interview today.

    The row dates from the Seventies when nearly all officers lived in Prison Service quarters. In 1987, then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher offered workers the chance to buy their homes from the State. However, many could not afford to and remained tenants.

    But with overflowing prisons and a £1billion cut to its budget, the Ministry of Justice has now decided to sell the homes to the private sector, raising an estimated £150million. The properties will then be leased back to the Prison Service and used to house offenders.

    Just before Christmas, the Ministry of Justice served "Notices to Quit" on the remaining officers in Prison Service quarters. Leaflets, some nailed to front doors, ordered them to find alternative accommodation by May or face eviction.

    Shadow justice secretary Nick Herbert said: "This Government has ignored repeated warnings about jail capacity and people will be astonished to find that prisoners are being housed in residential areas rather than behind bars. The safety of the public is being threatened by serial ministerial incompetence."

    Lawyers for the Prison Officers Association claim that workers have a right to remain in the properties while in the employment of the Government. They are fighting a test case next month involving a prison officer from Chelmsford, Essex, and the result is likely to decide all 600 cases.

    Many of the properties affected are in London, including 90 at Wormwood Scrubs and a dozen each at Pentonville, Feltham and Wandsworth.

    The Ministry of Justice said: "The Prison Service stopped providing prison officers with houses in 1987 and they were given a pay rise to reflect the changes. Most went on to purchase their homes. The remaining officers pay a heavily subsidised rent.

    "All officers are being given time to find new accommodation before they are required to leave."

    The Ministry refused to comment on the movement of prisoners into the homes, but The Mail on Sunday has learned that voluntary group Action Acton is in talks with the Government over converting one of the Wormwood Scrubs properties into a bail hostel.

    Once the Liebour Government have filled the PO's houses who will they turf out of their houses next, the ARMY ?????
  8. treble post :roll:
  9. Daily Heil, eh? Well, while I wouldn't put it past this government to do such an insane thing, I've been caught out by the Daily Mail before now -- pointing to scandelous stories which turned out to be not true. However, if it is true then the government seems to be succeeding in alienating everybody -- the police, armed forces, and now the screws. Not wise, in my opinion. I dream of a military coup conducted by a seething army, followed by the arrest of the politicians by angry police officers, followed by the incarceration of said politicians by p1ssed off prison guards. That sounds like one unhappy process for those on the receiving end.
  10. Having read the article (if it can be called that), the headline is complete bólloxs (as you might expect from this rag).

    At the end it says "The Mail on Sunday has learned that voluntary group Action Acton is in talks with the Government over converting one of the Wormwood Scrubs properties into a bail hostel."

    So of the "600" being evicted, it is being proposed that "1" is converted into a bail hostel. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but people on bail are normally awaiting trial? So how can they be a convict if they have not yet been found guilty?

    The Daily Hate and Hate on Sunday are muddying the issue with their cráp reporting. It is a serious issue that prison officers will no longer have tied housing. Lack of this will result in a refusal from officers to move to expensive locations (imagine being a LCpl posted to Whitehall and having to find your own accommodation in London). Also there is the issue of security: do you want the prison officers living amongst the relatives of the scum they are guarding?

    Can any prison officers here confirm if their salaries did rise by about 1,000GBP per month to take the change into account for those manning the London prisons?
  11. Double post
  12. And the next crises will be that the London jails will face a massive staffing crises as these staff have to leave and get a higher paid job!
  13. Not that i am after one of these gafs but being in the last stages of recruitment into HMPS I am really hacked off that the Liarbur govt is kicking them in the teeth like that. And they expect people to stay in the job?

    Assuming this is not another hysterical scare story from the Daily Totenkopfverbande :-D

  14. Very true. There's a more reliable, and therefore more worrying article in the Observer LINK

    It's based on an interview with Anne Owers, the no doubt soon-to-be former Chief Inspector of Prisons. She describes the prison system as being 'at panic stations'.

    The government is putting convicts up in bed and breakfast hotels because there is no room left in prisons. There's due to be another mass release of those who haven't completed their minimum term. Sadly, they won't even be getting probation as the probation service is also 'full'.

    Tough on crime?
  15. Affected officers should stay put. It is nigh-on impossible to make a tenant "homeless" by evicting them. This could run and run in the courts!