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Prophets of doom

Prophets of doom I’m always intrigued by forecasts of doom. The longer-term they are, the greater the confidence with which they are expressed. Once upon a time these forecasts stemmed largely from the kind of mumbo-jumbo spouted by the likes of Nostradamus – so vaguely worded as to be entirely...

Probation – all change

Probation – all change The Government announced on 27 July that it’s ending the contracts of the Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) in 2020, two years earlier than expected and will have in place new CRC contracts by the end of 2020. This has obvious implications for us as partners in...

The silliest of seasons

The silliest of seasons It’s nearly August, traditionally the silly season for news. This year it looks like being not just silly but completely absurd. I refer, of course, to Brexit. I confess to being one of the many confused over what the precise situation is regarding our departure from...

Quick-fire callousness

Quick-fire callousness It’s rare these days that a journalist is allowed more than a couple of hundred words to make a point or argue a case. In the world of Twitter and other ‘social’ media – the inverted commas signifying my belief that this media form is anything but social...

Beetles, babies, and bathwater

Beetles, babies, and bathwater Last week I was responsible for a massacre. I spotted some small black creatures infesting a new rose bush. Rather than do the intelligent thing and investigate them, I did the stupid thing, decided they weren’t welcome, and sprayed them. Next evening they were all back...