Mike Barton, Police Chief, Says UK Should Decriminalize Drugs Because Drug War Is Failing
He has previously claimed to seek inspiration in the way notorious Prohibition-era mafioso Al Capone was finally brought down not for bootlegging, but tax evasion. The officer, who has served for nearly 34 years, said he had witnessed a worsening drug addiction problem since prohibition began in 1971 with the Misuse of Drugs Act. He argued that pushers had made billions from adulterated drugs, transforming them into local folk heroes for young people. “Decriminalising their commodity will immediately cut off their income stream and destroy their power,” he said. “Making drugs legal would tackle the supply chain much more effectively and much more economically than we can currently manage.” Mr Barton said that offering drugs therapeutically through the NHS and similar organisations would avoid the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among needle users. But he underlined that he was in favour of their use in a controlled environment, rather than a “free for all”. “I am saying that people who encourage others to take drugs by selling them are criminals, and their actions should be tackled,” he said. “But addicts, on the other hand, need to be treated, cared for and encouraged to break the cycle of addiction. They do not need to be criminalised.” Earlier on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow #1: Cannabis The UNODC estimates that 2.8-4.5% of the global population aged 15-64 used cannabis in 2009. According to the report, cannabis is by far the most widely used illicit substance. The Weed Fairy, left, smokes a massive marijuana joint right at 4:20 p.m. as thousands take part in the annual marijuana 420 smoke off at Dundas Square in Toronto on Friday, April 20, 2012.
Notebook: UK looking for starter to emerge at QB
“We take our responsibilities very seriously which is why we will make a sizable donation to Mind.” Tesco also issued an apology, saying in a statement: “We’re really sorry for any offense this has caused and we are removing this product from sale.” Mental health charity Mind welcomed the withdrawal of the costumes, saying the retailers had shown themselves to be “extremely misguided” by offering them for sale. Slept in. Have @asda withdrawn their ‘mental patient fancy dress’ costume or are we going to organise a protest at HQ? #timetochange Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) September 26, 2013 Alastair Campbell “It is staggeringly offensive to the one in four of us affected by mental health problems and our families and friends, and troubling that some businesses are still so out of touch with the public mood,” spokeswoman Sue Baker said in a statement . However, Baker said the outcry the costumes provoked on the social media site Twitter was encouraging. “We hope this will urge Asda, Tesco and other retailers and manufacturers to review their processes and consider taste and decency on mental health grounds, to avoid fueling stigma and discrimination that are so damaging for large numbers of the population,” she said. Mind and the group Rethink Mental Illness run the Time to Change campaign to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. One of the campaign’s supporters is Alastair Campbell, who was former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s media chief and who has publicly spoken of his battle with depression . Campbell was among those who tweeted his displeasure at the “brutally stigmatizing outfits.” “@asda and @tesco should sign up for one of the @mindcharity @Rethink_ @TimetoChange mental health training courses,” he tweeted . Campbell alleged that Amazon still carried mental health patient costumes and called for people to tweet the company, asking it to withdraw them. But in response to an inquiry from CNN, an Amazon spokesperson said: “The item you refer to is not available on Amazon.co.uk.” Soccer player and broadcaster Stan Collymore who has also spoken out on depression, also took to Twitter to criticize the stereotype he said Asda and Tesco’s costumes had promoted.
UK housebuilders rise as Cameron throws weight behind mortgage scheme
All I’m worried about is getting better every day. I thought our players did a good job, I really do. Our coaches did a good job after being very frustrated after the game and during the game.” On defense, UK allowed a little over 400 yards and 246 on the ground. But behind those statistics, Stoops sees a team that’s getting better in one key area. “I felt like we were a little more stout in the run game,” Stoops said. “I was worried about that going into the game. Their primary play is the power and the counter and I thought our players played fairly well.” The defense will get another opportunity to prove itself against the power run as the Cats travel to No. 13/12 South Carolina on Saturday. Mike Davis ran 26 times for 167 yards in the Gamecocks’ comeback win over UCF this weekend, not markedly different from the 28 carries for 176 yards Matt Jones had against UK. On offense, the numbers were even uglier, but Stoops doesn’t believe they tell the whole story. “Going back to last week we only had seven possessions, three of them we had ’em off balance,” Stoops said. “We couldn’t finish the drives all the time. But we had some opportunities to score some points, and three of them we had ’em off balance.” Now, the attention shifts to working toward finishing more of those drives and getting better on the ones that never started. “I felt like our players worked hard and fought hard,” Stoops said. “We’re by no means perfect. We know there are a lot of things we need to clean up and get better at.
Markets open in 6 hrs 59 mins UK housebuilders rise as Cameron throws weight behind mortgage scheme Reuters 14 hours ago Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at his hotel in Manchester, northern England, September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville RELATED QUOTES 308.60 +6.50 LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s housebuilding sector rallied on Monday after Prime Minister David Cameron threw his weight behind a mortgage guarantee programme, lifting shares in homebuilders Persimmon, Bellway and Taylor Wimpey. Cameron on Saturday brought forward the launch of “Help to Buy” aimed at helping people who have been frozen out of the property market, a surprise move which defied expectations that the scheme could be watered down amid risks of a housing bubble. Persimmon topped Britain’s bluechip climbers on Monday, adding 2.3 percent, while smaller rivals Bellway, Taylor Wimpey and Barratt were up 3.7 percent, 3.2 percent and 2.5 percent respectively, putting them amongst the biggest risers on the midcap index. The announcement added 310 million pounds to the market value of the four companies. Help to Buy was originally launched to help buyers of new properties and the second phase, originally due to start in January, was designed to assist buyers who might otherwise be unable to afford a down payment on a home. The latest phase will now start on October7, a government source said. Analysts at Jefferies said the Prime Minister’s move to bring forward the scheme was positive, particularly given their earlier expectations that “Help to Buy” could be scaled back, something which had been weighing on share prices. “We view this news as a positive catalyst for all companies with exposure to UK housing transactions and would expect share prices in the UK homebuilding and estate agency sectors to make up the ground they have recently lost,” they said. Liberum capital analyst Charlie Campbell said it was significant that the scheme was now being championed by the prime minister as well as the chancellor, George Osborne, who had originally launched the idea. “It means that the policy’s become much more important to the government…therefore the chance of them pulling it in whatever way is much smaller.