From the Right Honourable Charles Clarke MP:-
"Unpaid work is the core of it all," he said. "If you have to work rather than hang around in a prison cell I think that is tougher. Work is virtuous in this sense. It will be a frightening thing."
Yeah, right. The sad thing is that he doesn't even believe it himself. If unpaid work is tougher than prison, why not swap them around in the sentencing guidelines? And as for offenders working on the Olympic project, words fail me. Do you really see offenders from the 30-odd London boroughs being bussed over to the East to do their unpaid work?