Addressing the deficit is monumentally important, and urgent, and so far as can be judged, the Con./Lib.Dem coalition Government has made a very fair beginning in facing it.
Everyone knows that such measures as have been introduced -relatively unpopular, albeit ‘tolerated’ as they are- still represent only the earliest stage of resolving that particular . . . → Read More: Addressing Realistically Britain’s Financial, Housing and Social Crises
Acknowledging that the war on drugs has failed is now fairly common among politicians. In June this year the US Senate concluded that it had nothing to show for more than three billion dollars spent recently on trying to reduce the volume of drugs coming into the USA. Before his election to the Senate in 2004, President Barack Obama called the US drugs policy, “an utter failure. Even David Cameron said in 2002, “war on drugs… has been tried and we all know it does not work”. Have they changed their drugs policy since their election? The answer is a resounding no, proving it’s harder to govern than campaign. . . . → Read More: Do We Need a New Approach to the War on Drugs?
I remember the episode in Tottenham, north London some thirty years ago, when in serious community unrest the Police were called to the scene, and P.C. Colin Blakelock was butchered. If memory serves me correctly, the weapon was a machete. The whole episode came as a dreadful shock to most people, including many such . . . → Read More: Thoughts on the Rash of Lawlessness August 2011
As we knew it would, and as we knew it must: the proposed large urban development to the west of Stevenage is again a ‘hot topic’ –at least where Stevenage Borough and North Herts. District Councils are concerned. But in reality, the issue goes much, much wider than that.
Perhaps it is helpful to . . . → Read More: What Kind of Britain do we Want to Pass on to our Children?
The phone hacking scandal of the past few weeks have been played out like a fast paced TV drama. Indeed if this was a fiction, you might criticise it for being OTT. As the trail of suspicion has led closer and closer to the heart of News Corp and the government, the cast of characters has grown even more complex. Resignation have come fast and furious, if they had come singly they would have dominated the headlines for weeks and weeks. The pace has been high octane with the sad death of Sean Hoare who had courageously been the first journalist to break the cloak of silence about phone hacking at The News of the World adding a further twist to the story. . . . → Read More: Why We Need Tabloids