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August 3, 2021 5:28 PM

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We covered yesterday the superficial nature of the government response to addressing key issues of crime

Its not just us that thinks so

James Timpson the boss of the high street shoe repair firm Timpson - which had a turnover of £209.3m last year - insists he is the "most commercially minded person you will ever meet", but that employing ex-offenders makes good business sense because "the people we recruit from from jails are so bloody good".

Since 2008, his company has employed more than 1,500 ex-prisoners. Just four have returned to jail. Many of those who turned their backs on crime have progressed to senior roles in the company, including a current board member.

In response to the governments proposals he tweeted:

"Instead of making offenders wear high viz jackets in chain gangs, how about helping them get a real job instead? In my shops we employ lots of ex-offenders and they wear a shirt and tie. Same people, different approach, a much better outcome."

We couldn't put it better ourselves