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There Was Grenfell, Then The Windrush Generation And Now Theresa May Fiddles While Alfie Dingley Faces Death

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When Will This Tyrant Be Overthrown?

The campaign to save Alfie Dingley’s life looked to have succeeded on 20th March when 108 MPs met Alfie and family at Parliament. That same day, accompanied by Sir Patrick Stewart, a petition of over 370,000 signatures was delivered to Downing Street and Theresa May herself met with the family and encouraged them that everything possible would be done to help. Originally, the Home Office were suggesting that they might issue a licence to allow a bespoke trial of medical cannabis but that changed to a suggestion that they would consider issuing a licence on a ‘compassionate basis’. They also  indicated that they might issue the licence for Alfie within days rather than weeks.

Home Office Minister Nick Hurd MP appears to support the petition delivered to Downing Street. Today (3rd May 2016) the petition has gown to over 650,000 signatures.

A  formal application for a licence was submitted to the Home Office on 16th April 2018 by Alfie’s GP and a consultant neurologist. This was raised at Prime Minister’s Questions two days later and once again Mrs May expressed sympathy and promised that the Home Office would look at it “speedily”.

Now, Hannah, Alfie’s mother, has been told that it could take up to four months for the application to be considered and even then no one can be certain what the decision will be.

Apparently this is because the medical cannabis oil needs to be ‘tested’, whatever that means.  Is this a U turn to requiring a full clinical trial to be undertaken? If so, how can a clinical trial be undertaken on one boy with a particular form of epilepsy so rare that he is said to be one of only nine boys in the world?  Clearly a clinical trial with the normal double blind testing is impossible.  So what other form of ‘testing’ needs to be carried out?

The oil has already been tested on Alfie under the supervision of a consultant neurologist in the Netherlands.  There, having experienced up to 30 seizures per day in the UK, after taking three drops of oil per day he had only two seizures in two months.  The oil is made by Bedrocan, the Netherlands government official contractor for the production of cannabis for medical use and already complies with international standards for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

The only conclusion that can be drawn is that this is yet more procrastination and deliberate delay by a government that is notorious for its inhumane treatment of many people.  Theresa May has a long standing and well documented record of being opposed to any drug law reform and of dismissing the campaign for access to cannabis for medical use as ‘just an excuse to take cannabis’.  With the sole exception of President Duterte of the Philippines, who is engaged in a murderous campaign of extra-judicial execution of suspected drug dealers, Mrs May is the only world leader still calling for the ‘war on drugs’ to continue.

After scandal after scandal after scandal it is difficult to see what will finally bring Mrs May down.  In Britain, where the idea of democracy has become little more than a bad joke, it seems that infighting within the Conservative Party over Europe is a more likely reason for her downfall than the grave abuses of individuals for which she is ultimately responsible.

Let’s be 100% clear, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 makes specific provision for any action that would otherwise be unlawful under the Act to be permitted under licence by the Home Secretary.  It would take a single stroke of Sajid Javid’s pen to save Alfie Dingley’s life and Theresa May could have ordered that months ago.

Famously, Mrs May is a practising Christian.  Surely, there must be a special place in hell reserved for her.

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 3, 2018 at 3:54 pm

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  1. She is not a Christian, her actions are so far removed from Christianity that I suspect she prays to the devil!
    Her intent is evil and insidious, her ministers and mps are the same, all of them!
    I don’t think jeremy corbyn is the massiah……….he’s a very naughty boy!
    But he’s far better than the other mps currently running around parliament.

    Stephen Brophy

    May 3, 2018 at 4:12 pm

  2. Sadly this news does not surprise me in the least. When I got a mailshot about the ”positive” outcome about the campaign. my gut reaction was, unfortunately. don’t hold your hopes too high, May was only being ”sympathetic” in order to garner extended tenure as PM, nothing more, nothing less. She is most definitely not averse to paying bribes to secure additional votes either,( relatively recent voting campaign, May looked to be on a losing wicket, so she struck a deal with the DUP in Northern Ireland to shore up the numbers).

    I have said it elsewhere, and I say it here, Teresa May is a VERY dangerous person.

    Shaun O'Connor

    May 3, 2018 at 5:40 pm

  3. Could an endocannabinoid deficiency explain her aborant behaviour? She is clearly not right in the head.
    It’s frustrating to see cannabis incorrectly described in this article as a ‘drug’, this has not been the case since the endocannabinoid system was discovered in 1992.
    a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.
    It is better described as a nutrient,
    as it provides nourishment essential for the maintenance of life and for growth. And would be impossible to introduce to the body, being already present at birth.

    Ed George

    May 3, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    • When cannabis is growing in the ground (or in a pot or a hydroponics set-up) it’s a plant. When it’s been harvested, trimmed, dried and cured it is a cocktail of many different drugs. It doesn’t help the cause of legalisation to pretend it’s not, in fact it’s unhelpful and inaccurate.

      Peter Reynolds

      May 4, 2018 at 7:12 am

      • Please do correct me if I am wrong, but as I understand it, cannabis when dried and cured contains cannabinoids.
        As a sufferer of cptsd, I contend on a daily basis with an endo(internal)cannabinoid deficiency, due to a normalisation of stress response in the form of adrenaline and cortisol, that cannot be prossesed due to my lack of anandamide, which would normally bond with the cb1 receptors in the same way that Thc does. Thankfully, my body does not distinguish between the two.
        Please enlighten me as to their difference, as apart from their internal/external source, I am at a loss.

        Ed George

        May 4, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      • I fully understand your self diagnosis and I don’t think it’s an unreasonable conclusion to reach but it doesn’t in any way change the fact that cannabis is a drug and that many of the individual cannabinoids and terpenes contained within it are drugs in their own right.

        I must caution you though that endocannabinoid deficiency is very much a theory and certainly not proven. I also well remember David Nutt saying to me a couple of years ago that there isn’t actually any evidence supporting the idea that phytocannabinoids can replace endocannabinoids.

        Peter Reynolds

        May 4, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      • I was diagnosed by a qualified mental health care practitioner, so I find your assumption of self diagnosis to be misguided.
        Here are some links re. PTSD and related andandamide/cb1 and cd2 deficits,
        If you would like proof that phytocannabinoids can effectively replace endocanabinoids, come and see me first thing in the morning, and then half an hour later when I’ve had a spliff.
        In order for a drug to be accurately described as such, it must be introduced to the body.
        If you do happen to be passing, I’ll introduce you to David Nut, unless you’ve met him before, in which case that would be impossible.

        Ed George

        May 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      • In addition to the numerous typos, looking back I realised that I’ve also suggested that ptsd causes a cb1 cb2 deficiency, this is not the case. Instead, in response to the anandamide deficiency, the body creates an over abundance of them to compensate, but they can be reduced back to normal levels with the regular addition of thc, or yoga, which has also been found to be helpful.
        The third link is an easy read, and refers to a link between the dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system and the development of epilepsy.
        My hope is that if we begin to look at cannabinoids as essential nutrients, specific strains can be developed that would match individual deficiencies, which would be more effective with less side effects than those currently available.

        Ed George

        May 5, 2018 at 11:12 am

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