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Magnificent Words On Drugs Policy From Chief Constable Barton.

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Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton

Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton

These brave and intelligent words were published today in The Observer by Chief Constable Mike Barton of Durham Constabulary.

Other senior police officers have spoken out before.  Internationally, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition represents those who, at the sharp end, know that current drugs policy is nonsense.  Mike Barton has a fresh insight and realistic approach.

These practical men shame our cowardly, self-serving politicians.  Aside from individual MPs working for their constituents, ministers cower in fear at even discussing reform.

Chief Constable Barton is the sort of leader we need.

Written by Peter Reynolds

September 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Wales Leads British Olympic Effort

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So Nicole Cooke, carrying the Welsh Dragon high, cycles to a gold medal and sets the standard for the British Olympic team.

Meanwhile, at home, far too many people are adopting a cynical, world weary attitude.  Shame on you!

Barbara Ellen, sexy new columnist at The Observer says “Call off 2012, Beijing Is Boring”.  Well, she may be appreciable eye candy (useful for all those soirees columnists just have to attend) but she is resorting to the oldest trick in the journo’s book – if you can’t say something sensible then slag it off.

More disturbing is the pub talk, the man on the Clapham omnibus who also claims to be bored.

Listen killjoys, cynics, non-Welsh Brits, in a fortnight’s time there will be a tear welling up in your eye.  You’ll want to and, undeservingly, will, feel part of it.  Your patriotic spirit will be reborn and you’ll be screaming as the next British runner, cyclist or egg and spooner takes gold.

The Olympics are a wonderful, inspiring celebration of mankind.  I remember them throughout my childhood and I am cheering for our boys and girls from the very beginning.  The rest of you are welcome to the party however late you arrive.

Written by Peter Reynolds

August 10, 2008 at 8:56 pm