Tag Archives: drugs

Worth Reading 106: Housing agreements

There is no alternative – Henry Farrell on the post-democratic age. Review: Doctor Who: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS – A fascinating philosophical viewpoint on the dynamics of the latest episode from Ro Smith. An Unearthly Child – And a scientific viewpoint on the first one from Iain Coleman on his new blog. […]

I agree with Nick

Not a headline I was expecting to give to a blog post any time soon, but occasionally Nick Clegg does speak up in favour of Liberal Democrat party policy. Today he’s talking about drugs and becoming probably the most senior UK politician to make the argument that if you really want to be ‘anti-drugs’ and […]

Worth Reading 85: Tie your tie

Do Not Hire John Brown Advertising – Andrew Hickey gets plagiarised. Plagiarist turns up in the comments to provide a great example of chutzpah. It’s Official: Austerity Economics Doesn’t Work – “Having adopted the policies of Keynes in response to a calamitous recession, the United States has grown more than twice as fast during the […]

Worth Reading 72: A pretty good year to be born

Including two from the Telegraph, in what’s probably a first: Drug laws and evidence-based policy: it’s time to start doing experiments on the British people – One day, someone at the Telegraph is going to sack Tom Chivers for injecting sense into their website. The secret US lobbyists behind Police and Crime Commissioner election – […]

Worth Reading 57: And every one of them a baked bean

Greens, conservatives, drugs, proboscis monkeys and liquid democracy. How’s that mix suit you? Don’t vote Green until they drop the anti-science zealotry – Tom Chivers explains, yet again, why GM crops are not the horrible bogeyman that some like to portray them as. You don’t have to be a leftie to think Beecroft is wrong […]

Do the Liberal Democrats need a radical centre?

I’ve been thinking for a while that a lot of debate about the Liberal Democrats – especially in the media – seems to assume or apply a dichotomy that members of the party are either socially liberal or economically liberal. A lot of the time the biggest debate doesn’t seem to be on whether these […]

A tipping point on drugs?

In a post about drugs I wrote a few weeks ago, I noted that there had been an apparent recent increase in the number of calls for decriminalisation, and now I’m wondering whether we might be reaching a point of critical debating mass on the issue where the number of people who just want the […]

Ban this post

I’m in agreement with Anton Vowl on this: I’m a libertarian at heart. By which I don’t mean “I’m one of those people who calls himself a libertarian to mask and justify his inherent racism”, or “I’m one of those people who calls himself a libertarian because ‘extremely right wing’ doesn’t sound as good” or […]

Two in one

Two committee meetings in one night last night, as Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Panel was followed by the first meeting of Colchester’s Crime and Disorder Committee. This is a new committee we’ve been required to create by the Government to scutinise the work of our local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership. Rather than set up […]

This is your poll on drugs

Very interesting results from a PoliticsHome poll on legalising drugs which show a majority of voters (52-43) in favour of legalising some or all drugs. The breakdown by party ID is interesting too, with a strong majority of Liberal Democrat supporters in favour (59-36), a majority amongst Labour voters (52-42) and a narrow majority against […]