It’s alright riding shotgun with BBC. I get to see a lot of things one doesn’t necessarily notice whilst driving.
Today we passed the prison. We’ve passed it many times before, but today I clocked the sign:
WELCOME TO HM PRISON AND YOI NEW HALL
Isn’t that nice, welcoming the new inmates so warmly.
No doubt when they get in and they’ve had their medical, their clothes and possessions taken from them and been issued with their prison clothing they get a nice cosy chat from the governor.
“Wecome to New Hall. We are so glad you chose New Hall to visit during your incarceration. We aim to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. If you have any complaints don’t hesitate to bring these to the attention of your designated warder…”
Presumably when the lags are driven back up the drive having paid their debt to society, the reverse of the welcome sign will read,
“HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR STAY.
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN SOON”