Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Meeting the Man

The mystery visitor had to be important.  It isn't any old joe who would provoke the staff to dust off the hoover and blitz their office.

It turned out to be the Director General, Michael Spurr, in the company of our number one Governor.  Having spoken to the staff and a couple of guys on punishment, on their way they popped in to the servery to meet me and my number two.

The DG made some crack about my being the Ben Gunn who has his office bombarded with emails. At least we now know that your efforts are not going unnoticed; thank you!

During our brief chat I mentioned my newly certain Cat D status and pointed out how quickly he or the Governor could find me a bed in an open prison...at which point the Governor shuffled the DG away.  Humph!

If you came face to face with the Director General of the Prison Service, what would you say?


  1. Probably exactly what you said if I where in your shoes.

    As me, I would probably ask him why he isn't being more assertive in calling on ministers to ditch the IPP's, seeing as his governors seem pretty willing to back him up.

  2. "If you came face to face with the Director General of the Prison Service, what would you say?"

    Well there'd be things that should be said, like about the IPP's as tallguy said, and then, there would be the reality ...

    Meeting a man with such power is and can be intimidating, I would probably just grin inanely, and then say something about myself as you did Ben.

    It can be difficult for us plebs knowing what to say and how to behave around the 'dignitaries'.

    I know only too well, I have just be part of organising an art exhibition and the deputy Mayor agreed to attend the opening night, I wrote to him and asked him to do a speech.

    On the night, nobody at the event ( mainly friends and aquaintances of mine) actually knew how to behave or what to do or say to the man in his presence.

    It was funny really, no-one spoke to him much and people were very nervous around him.

    Eventually he sat down with me and his chauffeur who got into conversation. All I did was ask him about his days he spent in jazz bands and when that conversation dried up, I went off elsewhere!!!!

    He seemed to make allowances for this however and he also seemed to enjoy the night as he was one of the last to leave.

    Must be a bit miserable for you living on the block Ben, hope you get out of there soon. BW's.

  3. I'd say to the govenor, whilst pointing toward the DG "Him a battyman?"


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