If (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

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If (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

Postby Anonexpo » Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:16 am

If you can fail to think when all about you
can see your errors and point them out to you,
If you trust yourself when professionals all doubt you, 
And fail to understand their doubting too;
If you can fail and not be tired by failing, 
And lie about, whilst still denying lies,
And being hated, spend your time denying, 
And don’t look good, nor be remotely wise: 

If you can’t reason, and make dogma your master; 
if you can’t think, and believe it makes you no less;
If you can cause both cock-up and disaster
And treat those two impostors as success;
If you can’t comprehend that what you’ve spoken
Show you and all your peers to be such fools,
If you ensure that which works gets broken,
Placing public protection in the hands of greedy fools.

If you can use statistics that are broken,
Claiming failure where we do not even work,
If you refuse to pilot in the open, 
And cover up the risks with PR murk,  
If you can be the a most fascistic bully,   
Ignoring risks and the advice you get,  
Issuing demands that must be met fully, 
So civil servants act now, later to regret. 

If you can make one heap of all your earning,
Keep it, then risk others’ safety on a toss,
Then lose, and start again without learning,  
And yet deny the existence of your loss;
If you claim you’ll save the public money, 
Then give companies that rip us off free reign,
Yet not realise that it’s so sad it’s almost funny, 
That you still exalt greed and private gain.

If you can ask the questions that are needed,  
Yet fail to hear the answers that ensue, 
If you can make sure people don’t feel headed, 
Whilst pretending it is listening that you do, 
If you can fail to provide working systems,  
Using technology outdated by the ark, 
And toe the lines that come from big corporations,  
Despite the fact that they’re so off the mark 

If you can bullshit crowds and have no virtue, 
Walk all over us and have no common touch,
If everyone can see so clearly through you,  
If all staff you meet hate you so much,
If you can waste each unforgiving minute,
By talking much but still saying not one thing,
Then you’ll ruin probation and everything that’s in it, 
And much blood will be on your hands Mr Grayling.
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Re: If (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

Postby JoePublic » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:28 pm

I enjoyed this take on the decline of probation. I can see Grayling's responsibilities, but impossible not to be reminded of all the other sycophants inside and outside probation who also fit the indictment. Grayling rides on the coattails of others. While Labour has pledged to repeal the bedroom tax, no similar assurances for the probation service.
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Re: If (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

Postby Tolkny » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:30 am

Thank you.

I hope it is widely distributed at Napo AGM this week - needs some minor proof reading tweeking - but is brilliant - I predict it will be in The Daily Mail within a week especially as Twitter - via Ian Lawrence is reporting the resignation of the national director of probation after just two months just as Ministry of Justice is failing to negotiate with national staff who are being chased to agree with stuff that is not even decided - if what I read is correct.

It is only the national probation service - you know that organisation that contributes to the protection of the liberty of subjects of the United Kingdom whilst actively contributing to the removal of others. - Not important - Imagine if there was speculation that the manager of the England Football Team might resign - what sort of media coverage would that get - it is an insult - it will only be covered at all if it becomes a party political spat - what a dire state is British Society in?

Probation - thats about naughty children - folk seemed to think - when I first started in 1970s - yet I ended up seeing my MP because of flawed legislation (1992) that meant dangerous people were not being detained for long enough and released without adequate supervision - in my career I dealt with people alleged to have killed numbers of their own family - people who did abuse infant children - yet it only gets reported when someting salacious goes wrong - so the resignation of the national director - let alone the wrecking of the whole structure of the probation ship goes almost un-commented about in the national media.

Probation - that was my trade!
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Re: If (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

Postby Anonexpo » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:39 am

Thanks Tolkny! Please feel free to tweak, proof, abd share to your heart's content.
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Re: If (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

Postby Tolkny » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:13 pm

Tania Basset Napo PR bod via Twitter is saying she wants to publish at Napo AGM

I would not want to weak it because may destroy the poetic scan

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"If you can be the a most fascistic bully,"

*the* seems superfluous to me.

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"And toe the lines that come from big corporations"

I think I prefer to *tow* a line

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It is still superb - If only some one with a guitar can find a tune we all all singalong to - If - If - IF!

Thanks again.
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Re: If (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

Postby Anonexpo » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:42 pm

yup, that "the" is definitely a typo
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Re: If (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

Postby papa chango » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:51 pm

Anon I love it and new ways of dissenting may get more traction given that they fail to report 50000 people marching in support of the NHS. Got almost nowt in the media. How do the powerful get away with it?
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