Friday, September 21, 2012


It is taking me a little while to settle into my new existence. And that means that the place of the blog in my daily routine is uncertain, mainly because I have yet to find that routine! Your patience in returning is encouragement enough to continue blogging and I do hope that the usual, near daily, service will resume very soon.

I am also considering adding some video blogging stuff here, if the tech works. Any appeal in that?

Until then....


  1. I have just received this statement from the campaign group 'Right to Work' and thought that you and your readers might find this interesting, it is just one of the current injustices in the system that need attention.

    "We are shocked and outraged that Cardiff prison has opened a gourmet restaurant to be staffed by prison labour earning only £15 for a five-day working week.

    The proprietors of the restaurant are already shamelessly promoting their Christmas menu for £24.95 per head. Ironically the restaurant is situated on the site of the former visitor centre at the prison.

    This is just the latest example of ‘Prisonfare’, a scheme recently uncovered at Becoming Green, a solar panel company also based in Cardiff who have been employing prisoners for the same wage - £3 a day – in their call centre on Newport Road.

    Both schemes involve the transportation of prisoners from HMP Prescoed in Usk, Monmouthshire.

    Last month it was revealed that the Ministry of Justice has plans to move entire call centres into prisons. This is a form of 21st century slavery, where rehabilitation is scrapped in favour of hyper-exploitation. It is, in the words of the Unite union, Dickensian."

  2. Funny you should mention "Dickensian", but I think it is going to go back a bit before those times? A guy whom I know, told me, that that their wicked plan, is to take us all back to a time, when we were all serfs, working seven days a week, for almost nothing. This is all the while, the gentry take all their powers back, and we will all be in a prison! This is not such a far-fetched idea, when you look at the Right of the Tory Party?

  3. I am glad you are blogging again Ben. I always feel disappointed when I log in and don't find a new blog. As I have said previously, you make me think and have educated me.

  4. I wholeheartedly agree with Ann - but do realise that it takes much time for Ben to settle into a routine in the real world. Keep going Ben, you will settle and make a worthwhile conribution to society in whatever way you finally choose, or have a choice made for you. Like Ann I am disappointed when Ben has not been able to write a blog but am patient and will wait - so keep calm all us followers of Ben.


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