Three things to note and use in conversation. This proves:
The state can do things better than the private sector;
The Tories now know this;
The government can take services back into the state sector.
The obvious corollary is that is this can be done for the probation service is can be done elsewhere.
Absolutely everyone agrees that the State can do some things better than the private sector. Just as everyone other than Nicolas Maduro thinks and agrees that the private sector can do some things better than the state.
The arguments are always over which. And here the claim is – claim note, not proof – that the state can do probation better than the private sector. Could be true too, this isn’t a ditch I’d be willing to die in. I’m interested to find out too. But that the state claims it can do it better isn’t proof now, is it?