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On SomeOtherSpace I just got sent a circular about the James Bulger case. The basic theme of it is that the two murderers (let's not beat around the bush) should be locked up rather than given any chance of living a normal life.

Now, this is exactly the kind of issue that starts a good row - hence my posting it here. I think that they should be allowed to try and resume as normal a life as possible when released from custody, including anonymity if that is necessary, as long as they are properly monitoried by the authorities. Surely the best chance of avoiding reoffending is to help them make something of themselves, not for tabloid reporters to hound them?

Of course, one of my MySpace contacts clearly doesn't agree - so what do you think?
kneeshooter: (Despair)
The other day there I heard an interesting debate on Radio 4 about diversity training. One of the participants was suggesting the Diversity training industry was actually hiding rather than changing cultures in society - and that by "ticking boxes" organisations were being encouraged to "pay for experts to give talks" rather than actually addressing issues.

I thought this was quite interesting - though of course the question remains whether there is a better course of action...

I was reminded of this having caught a bit of fly on the wall of the Met Police this morning - the Missing Persons Unit catches up with one of their targets and opens the conversation with the heart-warming "Ere Mate - You Ain't Earing Strange Voices Or Nothin Are You?". Modern sympathetic policing...

Also, have a read of [ profile] steve_c, who this morning has some depressingly true comments about modern politics.


Dec. 2nd, 2005 08:14 pm
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I'm having a bad day.

Firstly, I think I've broken the cardinal rule and given a colleague enough information to find this post - so Jean, if you're reading this - Hello :-)

Secondly, I've allowed myself to get wound up. I made a slight cc error on an email earlier and the fallout has left me rather on edge. It's not that I wouldn't say what I said to the peoples faces, but they reacted completely disproportionally and I am completely failing to make them see sense. Plus it's Friday night so sensible people have better things to do than argue with me. So far my favourite phrase used against me has been "crass ineptitude", one extememly heavy implication that my employer should sack me (as if I wasn't going to get a redundancy notice in January anyway) and a great philosohphical disagreement over whether I should be responsible to "the wider public sector" or "my direct employer" when there exists the potential for their priorities to be different.

Earlier in conversation it was remarked that I get more enthusiastic about work than I do about my social life. This might actually be true. Perhaps I need to get involved in a highly politicised hobby. I'm considering joining a camera club.

For now? I'm going to watch a nice calming movie. Brazil is on at the IMAX? I'm there...

And yes, I do appreciate the irony.
kneeshooter: (Default)

Male and female prisoners should be given free condoms as part of measures to
halt the spread of HIV and hepatitis in UK jails, two charities have said.

But the suggestion of free condoms for prisoners has been condemned by the right-wing Conservative Way Forward group.

Its spokesman Andre Walker told the BBC: "Most people who've been victims of crime don't expect prisoners to be going into jail and having sex and getting involved in relationships.

"I think it's entirely unacceptable and the encouragement of it is pretty wrong in the eyes of most right-thinking individuals."

So, what we should do is bury our heads in the sand, lock the doors and hope they all die of AIDS? Do these people have nothing better to do than enjoy making other people's lives miserable?

Putting aside the rights and wrongs of prison, surely turning a blind eye to this kind of thing is just stupid?
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It's amazing what the US government is prepared to throw money at. After the success of Robot Wars there is a US Military competition to create vehicles that will drive themselves across the desert, and now NASA are after new ideas for space travel.

Anyone got a garden shed and fancy having a crack at a homemade manned space vehicle?

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