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Sunday, October 24, 2004

A privatisation nightmare

I have never been comfortable with privatisation, least of all when it comes to running the country's prisons. I have visited the privately run Parc Prison in Bridgend and can accept that it is largely well-run. It has had its moments however and it is likely that it would be equally well-run within the public sector and that the problems that were associated with its first year or so of operation would not have come about if the State had been in charge.

Now we discover that the American prison company whose director set up Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib jail for use by the US military is bidding to run a number of prisons in Britain. Surely there are limits, even for the present Home Secretary.

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