Will they work unpaid for up to 14 hours a day? No of course not, they will probably receive at least the minimum wage, regular tea and lunch breaks, protective clothing, and no doubt counselling as many will never have done a day’s work before. Some could well find the experience deeply traumatic.
It is an interesting idea which could possibly take off and help farmers. Making practical use of prisoners, and teaching them skills, is surely better than sitting in their ‘rooms’ watching TV.
The vision of old fashioned ‘chain gangs’ is appealing, but perhaps in the 21st Century would be considered somewhat primitive. However, we can hope they are decked out in highly identifiable clothing and tagged.
The story highlighted in the Sunday papers regarding M & S selling peeled garlic sourced from China, and sold in disposable plastic pots from Belgium, is shocking. When plastic packaging and food miles are under scrutiny, this is not wise. It seems Marks & Spencer are widely off message.
As has been pointed out, garlic is grown in the UK, and no doubt production could be increased to satisfy demand. They say the public want garlic 12 months of year which is why it is imported from China. It is worth noting that the M & S garlic has been frozen and is 24 months old by the time it reaches their shelves!
To buy peeled and packaged garlic is unnecessary, just as bananas are often sold in plastic bags. Most fruit and vegetables have their own packaging, commonly known as skin.
It is depressing to see the ever increasing line up of MPs who believe they are capable of becoming Prime Minister. Most are unknown to the public, some ruled themselves out months ago, and few have what it takes to be Prime Minister.
Clearly they have learnt little from watching the incompetence of Mrs May. With support from the spineless cabinet, and the 1922 committee, both of which failed to sack her after the General Election or when they had the opportunity during the vote of no confidence, they stood by and let her destroy the Conservative party, while doing her best to bring the UK to its knees, as directed from Brussels. For neither crime has she so far apologised.
Boris Johnson is still the favourite to win the Tory leadership race, but only if he survives the culling of all but two candidates by his fellow MPs. I am told that his future lies in the hands of certain political women.
Fortunately he has fallen out with the ambitious Ms Rudd, whose anti Brexit, duplicitous ‘support’ would be the kiss of death for his opportunity of stepping over the threshold of No 10.
Another nemeses is his current girlfriend. I suppose the question for MPs would be how they may feel when greeted by her at number 10, and whether this may have an impact on his election chances. It is a known fact that the significant ‘other’ have a big role to play in today’s politics.
What a pity Boris’s water cannon were sold for scrap by Sadiq Khan, following Home Secretary Mrs May’s decision to ban their use, much to the disappointment of the Metropolitan Police.
They would have proved very useful when Greta Thunberg and her chums brought London to a standstill. And this week they should be used to dampen the resolve of demonstrators during the visit of the President of the United States of America, who we should welcome as our friend and greatest ally.