In the last thrashes of Gordon Brown's Labour government, the Prime Minister and the consecutive Home Secretaries of Alan Johnson & Jacqui Smith once more took political umbrage with cannabis.
Abortion providers are motivated to increase their revenues and grow their market share. Like any business, they employ business development managers
Minimum alcohol pricing is the right step towards reversing the increasing trend of drinking at home, although some doctors claim that the base price is too low. On beer duty, however, it appears pubs will have to dig into their own pockets again for the next round. The Treasury is certainly not buying it.
When the law flies in the face of common scientific understanding, it is a situation that only impacts on those who could benefit from being prescribed a drug known to help them. The real victims, as is often the case in the UK, are the most vulnerable who could benefit from political rhetoric ceasing and commonsense leading to a law change.
I often question why optimism is such a rare commodity in politics. The cynicism of British politicians grinds to no end. This haze of disingenuous polemic which is so often volleyed across the front benches is a product of the political system itself.
For how long will English constituencies and English Honourable members tolerate...at least 119 Honourable Members from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland exercising an important, and probably often decisive, effect on English politics while they themselves have no say in the same matters in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
I am one voter and one voice, and I can only hope that a majority of those eligible to vote in a Scottish referendum will share my position. I will abide by the democratic decision of that referendum.
My five-hour journey between Beijing and Shanghai passed without any difficulty - in fact people were staring at me due to the complexion of my face r...
There was something in Starkey's argument that does merit consideration. Underneath the rant about 'white becoming black', and 'black culture' being at blame - he was correct to point to a sub-culture in which glamourised violence and lack of respect for other people.
At a recent meeting with Mayor Johnson I was encouraged as I saw for the very first time in his Mayoralty a man consumed by the seriousness of the issue- giving his undivided attention.
Watching the responses to the riots and the behaviours they have demonstrated, I have come to the conclusion it is how they were brought up. How can ...
This e-petition website is a good idea for freedom of speech I suppose. However it would be nice if people starting employing the responsibility of thinking before speaking.
Has the level of informed debate in this country really fallen so low? Are we, as a nation, so driven by thoughts of revenge that we can't think through the consequences of irrational decision making?
Amid understandable public fury about the lawlessness that has blighted the streets of England this week MPs should not waste the few hours they have in Thursday's emergency session on name calling and the wickedness versus deprivation debate.mThe why and how issues can wait. Parliament must help the hurt and homeless, encourage speedy justice to culprits and cut the risk of more violence and looting, killing and burning.
The direct and indirect consequences of drugs policy are often overlooked, and it's at the cost of a healthy community. The drug war has served as a whipping horse for politics and an evidence based strategy has been discarded.
Now is surely the time to ask questions about leadership, ethics, identity and togetherness in this country; about the role of our establishment in causing this current crisis but also about family and place; and about the type of country we want to build.