My name is The Tartan Con, I don’t think you remember me as you haven’t visited me for a few years. It could have been that I wasn’t staying at my normal home and if you and your reindeer had flown over my, then residence, you might have been mistaken for a drone.
However I am back now, and I thought I might write you a letter about what I wanted for Christmas this year. Don’t worry, Santa, I don’t need anything delivered to my house. I have absolutely everything that I could ever need in the love of my wife and good friends. Oh Santa, she is the best present you ever gave me.
This year, could you visit Liz Truss and install into her a sense of humanity for those worse off than she? Could you tell her that her prison officers need her? Could you tell her that the men and women incarcerated in her prisons need her? People are dying in her prisons, Santa and for every life lost due to the crisis in her jails, the light goes out in that family’s collective heart.
Could you visit her prison minister and tell him, that we know that every man is born with goodness in his heart but sometimes it is so difficult to see? Leave him a sense of duty, Santa, if you will. Leave him a note to tell him that he needs to listen to those slightly more experienced than he. After all, one learns a lot more from listening that talking.
Visit the members of the Justice Committee (yes all of them) and leave them a louder voice. Tell them that they are our voice and that they must use that it as it was dictated in times of old. Tell them “What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops.” Their voice must be heard Santa, please.
Could you visit all those involved in the criminal justice system and leave them a special dictionary? Leave only the words that they should live their lives by; Compassion, Good will, Forgiveness, Peace, Justice and above all ,HOPE. Make it a magical dictionary that appears every time they voice their thoughts on the prison system, about those that work in it and those that live in it.
Visit all of the families of those incarcerated and tell them that their loved ones will be home soon. Tell them that we know that “Every Saint has a past and every Sinner has a future” Tell them that they need to celebrate this festive time with joy in their hearts. Tell them that prisoners need to know that they are out there celebrating. It is us who have transgressed the law, not them. If we think that they are sad then that is an extra punishment for us.
Visit all those who work in the prisons and offer them our thanks for keeping our loved ones safe and for helping them on the way to a better life.
Visit all of our loved ones that are in the prisons and give them hope. Make them understand that there is a better life waiting for them out here and that in the meantime, we will do our damnedest to make their current conditions better.
Oh and some chocolate would be nice.
I’ll leave some hot cocoa and cake out for you just in case. After all one never knows, do one?
Wishing you all a heartfelt, Merry Christmas.
The Tartan Con