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Getting (a) life

Who said there was no life in - sorry, after - the inspectorate? Following on the appointment of Douglas Osler as visiting professor in enterprise education at Strathclyde University, we are now pleased to reveal that the former maestro of the HMI fortress at Saughton House in the capital may find himself spending more time in Saughton prison.

Osler is to step into the breach on an interim basis as Scottish Prisons Complaints Commissioner until a permanent ombudsperson takes over in June.

Since the previous postholder became engulfed in a row over "Labour cronyism", we trust that Osler will not have to suffer gibes about "Jack's lad".

In any event, we can presumably look forward to prisons filling up with performance indicators, self-evaluative approaches, target-setting, regimes of continuous improvement - perhaps even some hints of enterprise.

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