Washington Times obituary here.
Washington Times obituary here.
If things had gone slightly differently for David Cameron instead of being on the verge of becoming PM, he could be yet another former public school boy who ended up squandering his privileges and doing jail time for possession of cannabis and cocaine. The current President of America could just be another black ex-con from a broken home.
If there is one message that comes through from The Wire, it is that the war on drugs can not be won and that it corrupts all of society – not just those in the drug gangs – the police and politicians as well. It is far from fictional, apart from the corrupting effect the police waste time which could be better spent fighting crimes of violence and against property. It costs a couple of billion a year to seize half a billion worth of drugs. The jails are full of young people who could, if they had not been criminalised, gone on to become leaders like Obama and Cameron. If drugs were decriminalised we would waste less money and lives than we do now.
The criminal justice system would be freed up to deal with pressing problems greater than students smoking pot and ravers taking ecstasy. Addicts would be treated within the healthcare system, not the criminal justice system. Addicts deserve pity, not incarceration. Decriminalising drug use and treating it as a health problem would in a stroke undermine the gangsters and drug trafficker just as ending prohibition undermined the mafia. The biggest beneficiaries of drug prohibition are the crime bosses.
Guido was on the Today programme this morning talking about the formerly anonymous blogger suing Google for revealing her identity (under Court order). Just before we went live Evan Davies started Googling to see what had been written about him on this blog (“ego searching” is the term), Evan found a few references to body piercing. Guido offered him, since he was there, a chance to quell the rumour.
He appeared not to hear, but he did smile…
Asked, regardless of individual party preferences, whether a Tory government under David Cameron, or a Labour one under Gordon Brown, would be best for Britain 37% of people who voted Labour in 2005 – now think Cameron would be best, only 31% back Brown.
The Conservatives lead Labour among all social classes and in all regions…
If those numbers were true in any other British political party they would just get rid of the leader. The Labour Party has lost the collective will to win and turned into a horde of lemmings…
As is traditional, most of the Friday Caption Competition entries were lame. Marginally less lame was this one
Gordon enjoyed wearing his gift fron J.K Rowling.
The spin-off on Ollie’s own Red Rag blog* deserves some reward, a copy of The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze will wing it’s way if Ollie emails his postal address. Don’t go to the blog without mind-bleach to hand…
*Guido is sure he has heard that name somewhere before.
It is the 40th Anniversary of the Libyan Revolution next week (Tuesday). This is a very big deal for the socialist dictatorship, invites have gone out from the Libyan Embassy to cabinet ministers and normally the foreign office would ensure that someone senior up to and including the Foreign Secretary was in attendance.
Tricky given current circumstances with all that untapped oil and those defence sales opportunities. Don’t forget the military training we provide to the Libyan dictatorship. A lot of money is at stake. Who from the government will risk the paparazzi? Guido is betting on Ivan Lewis…
Worth bearing in mind that Gordon Brown didn’t wish the team well for the Ashes. Do co-conpirators remember this:
It appears to have worked…
Even though she is being cynically used to humanise Gordon via Twitter, her blog and a raised profile, Guido thinks there is no need for Sarah Brown to go on Sesame Street.
She already lives on Downing Street with a Grouch…
Don’t Vote For David Cameron | Tim Montgomerie
Ho, Ho, Ho, I Was Right, Cameron and Clegg Wrong | John Rentoul
May is Gordon Brown in Kitten Heels | Damian McBride
Chris Bryant Threatened to Resign Over Immigration Policy | Mail
2000 Year Study Shows European Summer Temp Decline | WUWT
Ed Miliband is the Basil Fawlty of Politics | Jason Cowley
Cameron and Miliband: Villains of the Year | Sun
Guardian Looks Outside North London For New Editor | Media Guido
Oxfam Rapped For Political Bias | Telegraph
Twitter Should Not Ban Racist Words | Alex Wickham
Term-Time Holidays Were State Encouraged | Liberal England
Mandy Rice-Davies (R.I.P.) on Lord Astor’s denial of their affair….
“Well he would, wouldn’t he?”