Hope

Russell Brand has been calling for empathy for addicts, and he is right. Whether you adore or despise Brand's Marmite-like character doesn't really matter; you should still listen to him. He understands addiction. He understands addicts.
Yom Kippur 2012 is over. The Day of Atonement didn't bring any difference in the news we could find in the printed media. Do me a favor and check your newspaper right now. Ninety percent of the pictures and the articles are about problems instead of solutions, crisis instead of chances, war instead of peace. How come? Is there nothing positive to share? Is there no hope?
Last week we were all shocked by the heartbreaking photos of Hope the dog who was found emaciated and half the weight she should have been. She was described by a vet as the thinnest dog she'd seen alive.
Ever needed a quick pick-me-up with your shopping? Well now you can literally buy Hope - and give money to a good cause. Two
The way doctor-patient relationships have evolved was pinpointed recently in the House of Lords by Lord Walton, an experienced neurologist and physician.
So, let us not respond to this with knee-jerk, authoritarian reactions. Let us take a stance that many in my party would call 'tough liberalism.' This means, yes, the 'stick' of the law (and the need to have and show genuine remorse to victims) but it must also mean the 'carrot' of a second chance, of opportunity, and of help.
Yes, folks, football is back: the beautiful game of two halves, with teams on paper setting out their stalls to give 110% to each game as it comes at the end of the day. Get ready for another season of missed's and bellowed youthfulness.