“I thought I would ask ten questions of UKIP, so that we can shine a little more light on their programme for government should any of them get elected or even hold the balance of power next May…” Jon Harvey suggests we look beyond UKIP’s antics to ask some serious questions about their policies.
Chris Grayling: Cooking up a prison crisis
“Whichever way you choose to look at the problem, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to deny the facts. We have too many people in prison… and too few staff to manage them. This dangerous combination of factors is creating a highly toxic mix.” Alex Cavendish examines the pressures facing prisons.Originally posted on Prison UK: An Insider's View
Prisoners are a part of society. Time to face this fact
“[W]hen campaigners are fighting for more prison sentences for people, remember, it costs money, and all very well locking people up and feeling satisfied when this happens. But 95% of those people at some point will return to society…” Tracey McMahon argues that society has a duty to help prisoners after they are released.Originally posted on Tracey McMahon Blog
Physical healthcare for people with mental health problems: Why do we often get it so wrong?
“This is a sorry tale, and it simply shouldn’t have happened. It’s not new to say that physical healthcare needs to be done better for people with mental health problems, but sadly it’s something that people have to keep saying.” Phil Dore looks at a case of poor treatment.Originally posted on The Not So Big Society
On mental health – again
“This is what worries me about the direction of travel we seem to be going in – whether the rise of the zero hour contract to the continual cutting of terms and conditions to people in the public sector. And what for?” Puffles considers the link between mental health and today’s politics.Originally posted on A dragon's best friend
Fed-up with the political class? Write your own manifesto
We’ve launched a new site called Guerilla Manifesto, a publicly written manifesto, suggested and voted on by you. Here’s why we think it’s needed – and how it works.Originally posted on Guerilla Policy
A teacher’s oath
“A couple of years ago I wrote an oath. It was a declaration of my own values as a teacher. Some agreed with it, some hated it. Nobody would ever suggest that others should be made to swear it.” Andrew Old offers up his thoughts on the current debate about the need for a teacher’s oath.Originally posted on Scenes from the Battleground