Ian Lawrence's Blog

The wall of secrecy from Noms and the MoJ gets higher by the day; and yesterday’s meeting of the TR Consultative Forum was about as exasperating as it gets in terms of us not receiving straight...Read more

22nd Aug 2014

It’s been another useful week for Napo in terms of media coverage and a busier than usual one for me, as we have picked up substantial interest around the issue of Victim Impact Statements and Payment by Results...Read more

09th Aug 2014

Those wishing for a double whammy of Chris Grayling and Jeremy Wright in the Cabinet reshuffle are obviously disappointed. Personally speaking, I have always thought that we got a bit more by way of understanding from Jeremy when it came to...Read more

23rd Jul 2014

Lots to catch up on today back at base, following another 'full on' week, including a positive NEC so more on that (and more besides) next week. Meanwhile, a quick blog posting to alert you to yet another extraordinary response to one of our...Read more

11th Jul 2014

Aside from the obvious question of how many more of these can there be? It’s pretty rare for a Government Minister to have such a torrid time of it over the course of five days unless there are any of you old...Read more

04th Jul 2014

In what must be the worst example of denial in the face of compelling empirical evidence that I have seen in a long time, the BBC decided to ignore the 50,000 people who assembled right outside their ivory tower...Read more

26th Jun 2014

Out on the stump

I have always thought that the best part of the job as an employee of a trade union is being able to get out and engage with members who pay your wages and are having to face the harsh realities of life at...Read more

18th Jun 2014

With the FIFA World Cup a matter of hours away it’s as good a time as any to contrast Napo’s chances of emerging victorious in our campaign to stop the TR share sale with those of the England football squad in Brazil. Cynics might suggest that...Read more

11th Jun 2014

The launch of the National Probation Service and the 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies has been accompanied by an array of corporate speak quotations from a number of the new CRC Chief Executives in their introductory messages. You know...Read more

05th Jun 2014