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A weekend of hope

In France the far right National Rally is projected to come third in the second round of the parliamentary elections. A nation has rejected hatred and bigotry. The extraordinary gamble of President Macron (aka "Jupiter") appears to have paid off 🇫🇷

Britain's new government has formally cancelled the cruel and b*****t policy of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda. Not a single migrant was deported agsinst their will, but around £300 million may have been wasted on the scheme. The new Prisons minister is James Timpson, CEO of a shoe repair chain that is renowned for employing ex-offenders. Policy will shift from punishment to rehabilitation 🇬🇧

For the first time in years I am genuinely optimistic for the future.
EternalTide · 31-35, M
Congratulations to everyone in Great Britain! And to everyone in France. Now here's to similar results this November in the U.S.
SunshineGirl · 36-40, F
@EternalTide I hope so too, I really do 💖
helenS · 36-40, F
... and now you good people should return to our common European house. There's a room for you. We are waiting patiently. 🇪🇺
SunshineGirl · 36-40, F
@helenS The new Foreign Secretary has already met his German, Polish and Swedish counterparts and talked about a "re-set" of UK-EU relations, so perhaps there is hope . .
MartinII · 70-79, M
@helenS Patience is a virtue, which I fear you will need.
helenS · 36-40, F
@MartinII Good things take time 🌷
ninalanyon · 61-69, T
I suspect that Timpson will have a tough job. I wish him well but prison problems won't be solved by merely rearranging the organization, it needs money too. Not to mention that prison officers need better training as well as better pay.

Contrast British prisons with those in Norway. Not the supposedly luxurious accommodation but the training given and required of the staff. To become a prison officer in Norway you must attend and pass a two year course. You get paid while doing it though. The course gives 120 study points (ECTS credits) which is two thirds of a bachelors degree.

Whereas in the UK:
Direct Application

You could apply directly to be a prison officer. You do not need qualifications as personal qualities are more important in this role.

You'll need to take an online test to check your judgement and number skills.

If you pass, you'll attend an assessment day where you'll be tested on your:

number, reading and writing skills
health, hearing and eyesight

You'll also have an interview and take part in role plays to see if you have the right personal qualities to be a prison officer.

I presume that there must be on the job training but the page doesn't elaborate. But this page: https://prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk/roles-at-hmpps/prison-officer/prison-officer-training/
says that the foundation training is eleven weeks.
SunshineGirl · 36-40, F
@ninalanyon About 25% of the prisons budget was cut during the austerity years. Thousands of staff were made redundant and then had to be hastily re-employed as inmate numbers increased. An entry level officer is civil service administrative grade, which is crazy given the personal risk and energy required. The service is quite successful in attracting graduates (usually with law or criminology degrees) but these tend to be fast trackers who spend perhaps a year with the prisoners before going into management.
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Burnley123 · 41-45, M
It looks like the left alliance will win the most seats but not a majority.
MartinII · 70-79, M
@SunshineGirl Steady on. There's nothing fascist about the Rassemblement National, and the left-wing coalition is led by a hard left anti-semite. And while the co-operation you describe certainly seems to have been remarkable, it has also arguably been disgraceful - and possibly, in the long run, counter-productive.
Elessar · 26-30, M
@MartinII Saying there's nothing fascist about RN is like saying there's nothing fascist about the Movimento Sociale Italiano, considering that's the very party they took inspirations and symbology out of.

Besides, last thing we need is yet another Putin lackey.
MartinII · 70-79, M
@Elessar I don't know much about the MSI, but I challenge you to name a single plank of the RN's programme which could remotely be considered fascist. Fascism has a very specific meaning, denoting a totalitarian and undemocratic form of government. Using it indiscriminately to describe any right-wing person or organisation you happen to disagree with is both offensive and dangerous.
ArtieKat · M
@SunshineGirl A fellow septuagenarian friend and I were chatting on Facebook last week about a pair of walking boots he'd photographed; I joked that he wouldn't have got them at Timpson's, like we both got all our fashion shoes in our early teens 🤣

James Timpson, CEO of a shoe repair chain
ArtieKat · M
@SunshineGirl I can't find a photo of the one nearest to where I grew up but this was a typical High Street look.

SunshineGirl · 36-40, F
@ArtieKat I've always wondered how a company selling shoes could fail to be a success, but so many have disappeared from the high street.
ArtieKat · M
@SunshineGirl Digressing from your original theme, the history is here: https://www.timpson-group.co.uk/our-story/meet-the-timpsons/
MommyLucy · 36-40, F
I believe the innocence of children is hope in it's purest form! ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥 So whenever hope seems lost (by far right fascists who I dislike as well) just look at a child playing and having fun and you'll realise children remind us hope is NEVER lost as long as innocence remains! 💖💖💖
sarabee1995 · 26-30, F
Meanwhile, in America ... 🤦‍♀️
eMortal · M
I'm happy for France. The perspective of a far right government was quite frightening!
Isa3682 · 46-50, F
Yes that's great news, I'm totally with you!
jackieash · 26-30
Incredible turn around in a week. 🙂
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