James O'Brien: This Is Why The Prison Officers' Row Matters

16 November 2016, 12:11 | Updated: 16 November 2016, 12:17

The government's row with prison officers has made James O'Brien angry. Here's why you should be angry about it too.

Up to 10,000 prison officers stopped working yesterday as they staged industrial action over health and safety fears.

The government needed to get a court order to get the officers back to work.

James believes it's another example of a vital profession that the public simply don't care about.

Speaking on his LBC show, he said: "t makes me cross this, because it's just another profession now on a list that British society led by British media has just ignored.

"Now prison officers routinely will not be politically-minded necessarily to stick up for firefighters or taxi drivers or junior doctors or teachers or whoever it may be and that's why it keeps happening.

"Because we don't stick up for each other. So now it's the turn of prison officers.

"Two years, if you kind enough to listen to this program on a regular basis, possibly more, it's nearer three or four now, you have heard me saying everybody I know within this world is describing an escalation and a deterioration unfolding at breakneck speed."