9 March 2006
Mrs Monk eats porridge every morning and she seems to like it, and her doctor is happy about that because it has some magical nutritional properties that energises her throughout the day. But let’s face it, it looks disgusting.
Porridge is of course a euphemism for doing time in prison, since porridge is also a traditional breakfast serving for anyone who is at Her Majesties Pleasure, and locked up for being naughty.
Or it was until recently when the prison service started distributing a cold “uncooked” breakfast to save cash and time. Prison governors are unhappy about this, because it would be their job to quell the riots if prisoner unrest gets out of hand.
Reading about this in the car, Mrs Monk sympathised with unintentional irony.
“Nobody will want to go to prison, if they carry on like that”, she said.