Otis Ferry

Contrary to popular belief, prison life is not tough, and in this namby-pamby society we even get our own televisions, although I have quickly realised that watching it is quite a punishment in itself.

As Evelyn Waugh pointed out in Decline and Fall, after a British public school prison holds no terrors.

Mr. Ferry was educated at Marlborough and Eton.

12 comments on “Otis Ferry

  1. Hmm. The multiple bail applications and attempts to bribe his way out of it might suggest a different reality. Gotta give him credit for sticking to his ideological guns in the face of the evidence, tho’…

  2. after a British public school prison holds no terrors.

    No, not anymore – at least, not since girls were admitted. At my 60s boarding school, dormitory windows were locked open, and I remember waking up one morning to find snow on my bed, which was great fun. Today, that would probably be classed as child abuse.

  3. is this ironic?

    “Gotta give him credit for sticking to his ideological guns in the face of the evidence, tho’…”

  4. Many English folks of Waugh’s generation seemed to suffer through public school. Orwell, Churchill, C S Lewis, and Auden, amongst others.

    I’d imagine things have changed a little bit since then!

  5. Yes i remember having to break the ice on my wash basin before I could wash my face – at a boarding school in 1947. This and the food , or lack of it, tends to make the iron enter your soul.

  6. Then again I could be wrong…

    God knows what Waugh would make of Australia – a one-time penal colony that has many boarding schools of its own.

  7. Otis must be having difficulty working out the difference between public school and prison. He seems to think he can go home for the holidays.

  8. georgep – “Otis must be having difficulty working out the difference between public school and prison. He seems to think he can go home for the holidays.”

    Yeah. The fool. In prison you get to go home for the weekend too.

    Who was the schitzophrenic kept in a “secure” facility who was regularly taken out by staff to see violent porn films? I bet they didn’t do that at Marlborough. Eton perhaps.

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