The legacy of ‘Failing’ Grayling strikes again – not only did his Legal Aid cuts spark no less than 99 court challenges, forcing his replacement Michael Gove to cancel the policy, but he tried to coerce the chief inspector of prisons into lying about the harm his policies caused.
Lack of staff, overcrowding and other concerns would have been swept under the carpet if chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick had not refused to accept the Tory’s lies.
The outgoing chief inspector of prisons has accused the former justice secretary Chris Grayling of attempting to remove criticisms of government policies from an independent report before its publication.
Nick Hardwick said that Grayling did not want him to publish documents suggesting changes introduced by his department had contributed to poor outcomes in prisons.
The claims are the strongest yet that Grayling attempted to interfere with the independence of the prison inspectorate, which has often been highly critical of conditions inside Britain’s prisons. Grayling was the secretary of state for justice for three years until the 2015 general election.
In an interview with the Guardian, Hardwick said: “He [Grayling] was telling me the points he hoped I would make that were positive, and I didn’t think it was his place to say that.”
“His general concern was that I had said the lack of staff, overcrowding and some of the policy changes that he had introduced had contributed to poor outcomes in prisons. I was very clear about that, and he disagreed very strongly with that conclusion.”
Join the Vox Political Facebook page.
If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!
Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:
Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.
Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here: