The British are well known for having virtually invented the concept of understatement. I'm sure I heard a story from the Korean War when urgent help was not forthcoming from our American allies in response to radio messages that referred to things 'getting a bit sticky'. I guess only a Brit would realise the significance of such a statement meaning that things were actually dire.
Well, thoroughly in keeping with this spirit, I notice that the Probation Chiefs Association have responded to Chris Grayling's decision to virtually abolish Probation as we know it by saying that they have 'significant concerns'. The sort of verbal equivalent of a 'raised eyebrow'. Their statement reads as follows:-
Probation Chiefs have expressed significant concerns about proposals for the future of probation work in England and Wales, outlined by the Secretary of State today (Wed 9th January).
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The public sector Probation Service will retain ultimate responsibility for public protection and will manage directly those offenders who pose the highest risk of serious harm to the public.”