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Peter Reynolds

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Posts Tagged ‘leaders

“No More Obvious Waste” Than UK’s £19 Billion War On Drugs

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A Wise Lady

In the House of Lords on 15th June 2010, Baroness Meacher announced a “radical shift of policy” from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.  The UN’s “war on drugs” has been an abject failure creating an illegal trade worth £320 billion and financing civil war in South America for the last 25 years.  British soldiers die almost every day in Afghanistan fighting an enemy financed by the illegal opium trade.

The UK spends £19 billion annually on the costs of drug law enforcement.

According to Baroness Meacher there is “no more obvious waste” of public money.  When will our leaders have the courage to grasp this nettle, to liberalise our pointless, self-defeating laws and free up billions of pounds of our money for more sensible purposes?

Video here.  Text here.

In addition, expert research indicates that a legalise, regulate and tax regime could contribute at least £6 billion annually in additional tax revenue. How can we afford to ignore these huge sums of money which we could make available to the country at little more than the stroke of a pen and with only a beneficial effect on the health of the nation?

Dying For A Stupid Law

Five years ago, while campaigning for the Tory party leadership, David Cameron called for “fresh thinking and a new approach” towards drugs policy and said that it would be “disappointing if radical options on the law on cannabis were not looked at”. Nick Clegg has promised to repeal “illiberal, intrusive and unnecessary” laws and to stop “making ordinary people criminals”. There can be no better example of this than the laws against personal use and cultivation of cannabis, particularly for medicinal reasons.

The coalition government’s new Your Freedom website launched only this morning is already inundated with proposals to legalise cannabis and to end the futile war on drugs. The site is crashing under the strain of a massive outcry from British people for the state to back off and give us back our freedoms.

We don’t just want our freedom back.  We want our money back too.

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What’s Good For Al Qaeda Is Good For The Israelis

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Netanyahu. On the Nose

We seem to accept the taking out of Al Qaeda leaders (and their wives and children) with drone-launched missiles.  See the story about Mustafa Abu al-Yazid here.  Why aren’t we going after the Israeli leaders in the same way?

There’s no difference between them.  They’re all evil, Godless terrorists.

Written by Peter Reynolds

June 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

The State Of Our Nation

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I am not a racist.  My oldest friend is a jet black Jamaican.  However, on New Year’s Eve, when I drove down from my parents’ house in Hertfordshire to see that self-same friend in Maida Vale I was horrified at what I saw on Kilburn High Road.  Even more so than when I lived there, nearly three years ago, it has been swamped with immigrants.

Right through London there was barely a white face to be seen.  The vast majority of women were wearing hijab.  Nearly every car contained an asian face with what seemed to me to be an unnaturally large amount of headroom.  Muslim culture seems to predominate.  I feel isolated in my own country.

I remember when I attended my son’s graduation at UEA in June, perhaps half the faces that went to collect a degree were oriental.  I don’t care if they paid for the privilege, there are too many of them!  We have lost our balance.

Clearly, immigration has been of great benefit to Britain from the Irish in the 1930s, the West Indians in the 1950s, the Asians in the 70s and now Eastern Europeans.  Our economy and our society have improved because people from overseas have come to live here.  In recent times though we have allowed it to become uncontrolled.  We have failed to manage it effectively.  Many recent immigrants are disadvantaged themselves  because of our weak, irresponsible, open door policy.

If our idiotic politicians cannot see what is wrong then I despair.  They have neglected and damaged our nation through ridiculous adherence to political correctness.  I want my country back.

Islam has become a source of great evil in the world and it is time we reconsidered our patience and tolerance of it.  We have been taken advantage of.  The idea that Sharia law should have any force in Britain is outrageous.  “Multiculturalism” is not only a dreadful word but an idea that is making no sense.  It seems that many immigrants don’t want it either.  When they come here they want to group themselves into ghettoes.  They separate themselves from our national culture.  Some want all the benefits of what Britain stands for without any responsibility or participation.  We will not be a great nation without full and genuine integration between our people.

We see today the premier of Iceland standing up for his people and defying convention.  Whatever the rights and wrongs, it is time we had some of this in Britain but is there a single politician in this country with this sort of bravery?  I can’t think of one.

Unless our leaders can get a grip on what is happening then this is a recipe for Enoch Powell’s “rivers of blood”.   God has given us Obama who is clearly a force for good but we need more.  Who in Britain has the intelligence, the courage and the popular appeal to step up to the plate?

Footballers, Politicians, Bankers, Lowlifes

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If you seek a moral compass or example in Britain do not turn to our leaders, nor to those who are the most highly paid, richest or with the greatest responsibilities.  Turn instead to those who have endured the most, who have striven for goals and ambitions with true honour and integrity.  Turn to men like Major Phil Packer, who completed the London Marathon on crutches and has raised nearly £1 million for Help For Heroes.

The disgusting spectacle by the Chelsea whore footballers; spoilt, fawned over and supported by the Russian Mafia.  Their conduct is ignored by the FA, which once pretended to stand for discipline and good behaviour in football but looks the other way when the serious money is involved.

The ignominious disgrace of so many MPs to which, to his eternal shame, the Speaker has profoundly failed to respond.  The calculated fraud, thievery and deception of the banking superclass who have been allowed to walk away with their ill gotten gains.  All these people – not as a group but as individuals – Drogba, Brown, Goodwin – should be named, shamed and punished.  If we let this behaviour pass without sanction then we let down men like Major Packer.  We let down men and women of honour in sport, politics, business and everyday life who try their hardest and invest their integrity in what they do.

Who is left to take the lead?  This huge problem creates a vacancy,  the most important  job in the country but I fear that we do not have a Barack Obama in Britain.  I fear that Rome is burning.