Our current approach of criminalising drug use, in the hope that it dissuades people from taking drugs, is a failure; the numbers of drug-related deaths in England, Wales, and Scotland are currently the highest ever recorded. It's time for the UK to change its approach to drug use.
To achieve this change we need to consider the obstacles faced in doing so. I feel they are time and money, as many friends, colleagues and those on the doorstep often said to me. To mount a political campaign is no easy task and requires a lot of planning and effort, and therefore time and money.
But spotting a fully veiled woman at the local IKEA store or the main train station elsewhere in Germany can really get people angry. There's more than one reason as to why burqas, niqabs, hijabs and chadors and the like enrage the regular Joe, or Fritz.
Hospices also have an important part to play in raising awareness of the new national commitment to end of life care. Their longstanding expertise in providing quality, compassionate care and their widespread links with organisations across their local communities, means their role will be crucial to help deliver the transformation in care for dying people that the Government desires and which is so urgently needed.
What's amazing about the US election campaigns so far is, in my opinion, the two extremes we're experiencing in terms of speech delivery, revealing a battle of style vs. substance at its absolute limits.
Being a Labour member has been arduous at times, now more than ever. I voted for Ed Milliband, with the belief of substance over style. Last year I voted for Burnham, agreeing with him on the NHS, social care and his work over Hillsborough (the worst act of class discrimination this country has ever seen). Corbyn didn't appeal to me then and he doesn't appeal now.
I became immersed in this world of humanitarian work, and quickly realized that it's hard to talk about long-term change when kids in front of you have nothing to eat. But here's the thing. What does it mean to talk about humanitarian aid in a crisis, when there's no end in sight?
Employment among ethnic minority people is up by around 4% since the same April-June period in 2015. But the headline figure masks a more worrying picture. BME employment has been on the rise regardless of the target over the past decade, reflecting changing demographics.
British wars abroad have two enemies. First, the official enemy, portrayed as a monster whom we always battle with noble intentions. But second is the enemy within - us, the public.
I will still be voting for Owen Smith on the assumption that he is the more pragmatic of the two left-wing candidates. Yet it is increasingly apparent that whether with Smith or Corbyn the Labour Party finds itself in a bubble, engaging in conversation only with itself. This is a disastrous situation, as the party risks becoming not only unelectable but irrelevant.
I like to look on the sunny side of life, but even I have to recognise that our Party is scarcely in a shape to meet the challenge of a general election right now. We need a period of unity, self-discipline, policy development and talking to the public rather than ourselves - as I hope we will get once the leadership election is over - before we are ready to face the electorate with any realistic prospect of success.
The lack of action to ban supermarket promotions of junk food with buy one get one free deals and multipacks, as well as the failure to act on advertising junk aimed specifically at children during popular family television programmes and on the internet, are just two of the areas in which action had been expected, but wasn't delivered. Limiting fast food outlets near schools and colleges is a further area crying out for action.
For too long we have allowed people to incite hate and to further radicalism in the misguided and dangerous belief that freedom of speech is sacrosanct - whatever the cost. Freedom of expression is essential in any liberal democracy, but this ruling acknowledges that there must be a limit.
Despite the dangers involved, the law currently offers little protection for many facing street homelessness. Current homelessness statute in England effectively provides an 'all-or-nothing' approach where only households meeting restricted criteria qualify, leaving many with no help at all.
What makes a leader? I sit and hypothesize, while Corbyn and Smith fight as they 'moralise'. Does leadership lie in slicked-back hair? Is it pulling a pint or "showing you care"?