Nicholas Leonard: Fiery start to 2011 a sign of things to come for British PM
Published 03/01/2011 | 05:00
THE arson and violence at a prison in Sussex on New Year's Eve were an ominous portent for British Prime Minister David Cameron, of the massive challenges he faces in 2011.
The destruction at a so-called 'open' prison -- notorious for the ease with which inmates could hop over the fence and go down to the local supermarket to buy alcohol -- seems to have been a direct consequence of government spending cuts.
In theory, the prison should only have housed 'safe' low-risk occupants. In practice, because of overcrowding elsewhere, it was also being used for higher risk categories, but to save money, staff levels had not been increased to reflect this.