Social History

Tea: A Very British Beverage

Amy Licence | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

This is a lovely little full teacup of a book; light and refreshing yet full of body, a fresh new blend of narrative and anecdote. Paul Chrystal's new book "Tea: A Very British Beverage" offers a satisfying look at the history and cultural impact of tea, ranging from the legends of its discovery...

Ken Loach Reminds Us What the Labour Party Used to Be and What It Isn't Today

John Wight | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
John Wight

Ken Loach provides us with a timely reminder of a period in history when the needs and hopes of the British working class were the guiding light of government policy, resulting in the radical transformation of society and an economic recovery the like of which is desperately needed today.

What will Defeat the War on Drugs? Love, Affection, and Familiarity

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

All over the world, the war on drugs hurts, incarcerates and kills people. It is an abomination.

War On Drugs Is Genocide - a Warped Recovery Culture is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

In August of this year, Deborah Waddington reviewed my recently published book. While very supportive overall, Deborah took issue, as many do, with my use of the term "genocide" in targeting the governing approach to addictions.

Ending Drug Prohibition and Emancipating the Addict - the Last Frontier in a Struggle for Enlightenment

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

The UK is rife with talk of drug legalisation. First, because most illicit drug use is either benign or at least innocuous. Second, because even when addiction is involved, punishment is not the right answer. Third, because the prohibition of drugs has really been a mess - both costly and futile.

Should Gays Donate Blood? Yes

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Recently, Britain has taken another step toward accepting homosexuals as citizens with a right (and a duty) to participate as other citizens do. A gay man will be allowed to donate blood, as long as he has not had sex with another man for one year.

Bossy Addiction Treatment - should they tell you how to dress?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 13.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

So why do many in the treatment system think they have a right to boss clients around, and basically treat them like punks who can't think for themselves? It's all part of the same, backward thinking that has governed our approach to addiction for over a century.