An investigation into a £3,500 bill for takeaway food for prisoners at a Cambridgeshire maximum security jail has led to the meals being banned.Takeaway food…? Were the kitchens out of order? Was this an emergency order for an unexpected and uncatered-to rise in the prison population?
Ah, no. Turns out it was ‘diversity’ in action once more:
It was revealed in November that prison staff bought curries for some 200 Muslim prisoners at the jail, near March, in celebration of Eid which marks the end of Ramadan - the month of fasting, at a cost of around £3,500.Can’t the prison canteen cope with knocking up the odd curry, then? What do they eat at other times? I mean, when they aren’t all rioting ...?
Sadly for the diversity wonks, news of this got out:
Raising the issue at Commons question time on Tuesday, Peterborough's Tory MP Stewart Jackson asked if Ms Prentice thought it was appropriate prison staff were "running errands to pick-up takeaways in the name of diversity for prison inmates".I’m rather surprised the reply wasn’t ‘Yes!’. But (perhaps mindful of the fate of the last person to show an arrogant lack of comprehension of how she was caught bang to rights), the government spokesperson fessed up:
He said: "Do you think that is acceptable to my tax-paying, law-abiding constituents that that is the case under your government?"
Ms Prentice replied: "No, we don't think it is appropriate and steps have been taken to make sure it doesn't happen again."Curses! And she would have got away with it if it wasn’t for