At this time when the coalition government is threatening to set a minimum price for the sale of alcohol, a sober look needs to be taken at the problems around drinking, instead of the knee-jerk puritanism and religious bigotry that has enveloped the UK.
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Peter Martindale is a former councillor, a writer and human rights activist .
For the first time ever, I have seen long-tailed tits in the flesh. Having seen them written about and pictured in bird books since childhood, and having remembered for a life-time the details, due to their shear appealing looks, they were instantly familiar when I saw them in the trees some way away. Then when they continued their chase closer to the house, they were recognisable without a doubt.
14/03/2012 13:18 GMT
It is about time that this current tabloid sensationalism claiming a spate of 'men' are having babies, stopped. It is mis-leading, it is untrue.
09/03/2012 22:32 GMT
The Argentine people should have the intelligence and dignity to drop all claims to the Falklands and so to benefit from improved relations and trade, or for ever be complaining about the state of their own country and what might have been.
21/02/2012 14:35 GMT
If General Motors does not sell to a suitable buyer then the chances are that in just a few years, Vauxhall Motors, one of the few remaining British car marques, will follow a long list of illustrious names, and will be no more.
20/02/2012 10:04 GMT
I read with interest recently, enthusiastic support for London Mayor Boris Johnson as visionary for proposing to sink Park Lane (Mayfair, London) into a tunnel and to build on the land thus freed-up. Oh dear, environmental awareness certainly escapes Boris!
10/02/2012 14:18 GMT
The panic behaviour of the German Chancellor and French president, makes it plain to see that both countries are using the economic difficulties of other Eurozone countries and the restructuring of Europe, as a smoke-screen to hide their own systemic economic and social failures.
19/12/2011 14:19 GMT
Westminster Council's Phoney Parking Policy Should be Paid for Personally by the Councillors and Officers Implementing it
Westminster City Council is stubbornly implementing charges for late evening, early night-time and Sunday parking in the West End, against the advice of residents, businesses, the entertainment industry, and churches.
16/12/2011 15:32 GMT
It is abundantly clear to all, including the Iranian regime, that the West has intent to cause regime change in Iran. The new sanctions announced this week are a clear step towards that goal. It is the beginning of moves that the Iranian freedom movements have been asking the West for for some years.
27/11/2011 15:46 GMT
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02/11/2011 10:15 GMT
As Autumn nears, and the so-called Arab Spring has achieved nothing more than bloodshed, resentment and instability, the West should stop its shameful support of bloody revolution.
02/11/2011 10:08 GMT
The Libyan Bloodshed was Totally Unnecessary -The West Only Had to Ask Mr Gaddafi to Change, and it Would All Have Been Avoided.
Due to the utter failure of Western leaders to use proper diplomatic resources to prevent such an outcome, Libya has been left a wreck, both physically and civilly.
01/09/2011 16:09 BST
As The Obama administration continues to favour the Iranian regime of the ayatollahs, over the Iranian people, one has to question how in command of the reality of the situation, the President of the USA is. .
26/08/2011 11:34 BST
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