Life must be made harder for criminals, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said, as he pledges to crack down on prisoners watching television and enjoying themselves.
The punishment of prison is the loss of liberty. Not the loss of the ability to find some enjoyment in life. As a certain Mr. Solzhenitseyn pointed out even those locked into the Gulag and being worked to death were able to find some enjoyments in the life they were soon to leave.
So “stopping prisoners enjoying themselves” is going to be something of a hard road.
But there’s more to it than this. How do you keep order among a few hundred rapists, conmen, murderers, druggies and nonces that you’ve decided to lock up for a few years? With a programme of rewards and punishments of course. You do your bird like a nice quiet little boy and we’ll let you watch the footie. You start brawling and we’ll take away your x-box.
The purpose of these “treats” is so that there is something to take away from those whose liberty you are already restricting.
And anyone who doesn’t understand this is unfit to be “Justice” Minister.
Ghastly little tosspot.