'Unsafe' probation, wealth of injustice & poppy profiteering? (E140)
Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the Tory privatisation of the probation service. Ian Lawrence, General Secretary of the National Association of Probation Officers, warns it is dangerous and ill-thought out, and questions why the majority of the contracts have gone to a catering company and an industrial cleaning company. Author Andrew Sayer asks if we can afford the rich, warning that rather than the traditional image of them as wealth creators, they are actually wealth extractors. In PMQs this week, there are questions over the EU with the recently announced figures that immigrants benefit Britain, but it’s strangely quiet over GCHQ’s announcements around mass surveillance. There are more blows for Libya as fighting continues, soldiers brought to Cambridgeshire to train are convicted of sexual assault, and corruption allegations abound over their sovereign wealth fund. And the ceramic poppy display at the Tower of London may be drawing millions of visitors, but where are the proceeds really going?
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