Andrew Allison

Jonathan AItken

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2007 at 1:48 pm

If you believe that prison is there for rehabilitation as well as punishment, then there cannot be any objections to Jonathan Aitken’s appointment to Iain Duncan Smith’s Centre for Social Justice.

When Mr Aitken was asked if this meant a return to front line politics, he said, “No, and I don’t ever expect to. I made a bad mistake – I paid a heavy price for it and I expect to go on paying a price for it. And that’s life and I have to live with that.”

They sound like the words of someone who should be heading a taskforce in to prison reform. He’s done his time and knows the score. Good luck to him and hopefully we will be able to get some sensible policies on how to reform our prison system; although anything would be better than the mess we have at the moment.

Link: BBC News

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  1. If Duncan Smith is serious about wanting the opinion of people who have been in prison why does he not ask a real ex-con, one who doesn’t belong to the “old boy’s club”?
    I might be impressed if they had asked someone who has real experience of what it’s like to try to get a job after prison not someone who was born with a silver spoon in their mouth.

    Would Aitken have so many important people concerned about his “rehabilitation” if he were not an old Etonian?

    It’s the same old story. One law for the toffs and another for the rest of us!

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