The Justice secretary, Chris Grayling has come up with a corker of a wheel re-invention this morning.
Grayling says he wants “old lags”, including former gang members, to meet newly released inmates at the prison gates to act as mentors and help them get their lives back together again.
Not only – but also, he wants them to be paid on;
a “payment by results” basis.
Now anyone living within hailing distance of Wandsworth prison or Wormwood Scrubs rather than salubrious Pimlico would have known that this scheme (albeit unpaid) has been in operation for donkey’s years.
Stretch limos, Rolls Royces, and other luxury cars regularly convey ‘old lags’ and ‘gang members’ to the gates of HM prison establishments, the occupants often swigging champagne and puffing on cigars, in order to greet newly released prisoners and act as mentors to help them get their lives back together…
‘Awright Dodger, dun yer time, ave a cigar me old mate – got a nice little tickle laid on for you next week, we’ll get yer back in the swing of it in no time’…….