Not Saussure

January 27, 2007

How to run a whelk stall

Filed under: nemesis, UK — notsaussure @ 9:58 am

The Beeb:

Mr Reid apologised on Channel 4 News on Friday, saying the government should have realised a tougher stance on crime would lead to a bigger prison population.

“It is a mistake not to forecast that we would require a larger number of prisons than we have got at present, by putting away a greater number of dangerous offenders for a longer period,” he said.

“I have attempted to remedy that by a ‘buy and build’ policy of already asking for 8,000 more prison places.”

He appears to be saying, in terms, that no one at the Home Office or in government realised that if more people go to prison for longer, this means you will have more prisoners in your prisons and, in consequence, will need more prison places in which to accommodate them.

What next? Sorry, but we didn’t realise that night follows day?

I’ve often thought that running a whelk stall must, in fact, be quite a complex business — you’re dealing, after all, highly perishable commodities so you need to predict your customers’ requirements pretty accurately, you need to know how to keep your stock while you offer it for sale and you have, of course, to grapple with all the complexities of running any small business and all the regulations concerning perishable food.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t take much foresight to work out that if we start serving larger portions of whelks, and also serve more customers at our stall, we’d better increase the order for whelks with the wholesaler or we’re likely to run out of whelks half-way through the business day.

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2 Comments »

  1. It does astound me that Reid one week condemns Judges for being soft middle class members of the liberalti of is that Blunkett and then the next day they order the judges not to have people in prison and blame the judges. The minister is never to blame though as you adequately demonstrate in this case they very much are to blame.

    Comment by gracchi — January 27, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

  2. The ineptitude is of the kindergarten variety, not that of a government. they clearly have their minds on the bigger picture and piddly little thinks like a return to the 18th century either don’t cross their mind or else very much do.

    Comment by james higham — January 27, 2007 @ 9:33 pm


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