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Question Time - Melanie Phillips on drugs

Question Time - Melanie Phillips on drugs

(2:41) The question was: "Is Richard Branson right in saying drug users should not go to jail?" The questioner was referring to Richard Branson's recent blog entry: Time to end the war on drugs. Daily Mail journalist Melanie Phillips described Sir Richard Branson as "dangerously wrong" and a "useful idiot". Not sure where she got her "much more authoritative data" from, but here is an article from Scientific American that supports Branson's view. Comedian Mark Steel's face at 1:52 sums it up nicely.

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Guest: this is SPARTA (1094 days ago)
I cannot think of a more right wing commentator. She is an extremist. I laugh at her moralizing on 'The moral maze' on radio 4
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I cannot think of a more right wing commentator. She is an extremist. I laugh at her moralizing on 'The moral maze' on radio 4
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Guest: (1092 days ago)
Melanie Phillips is a useless idiot.
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Melanie Phillips is a useless idiot.
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Samsgimp Samsgimp (1094 days ago)
My proposal is multifaceted and in no particular order. - Drug addicts or anyone who's use of any harmful substance that causes them a problem have a registered illness and therefore to be treated by their GP as a patient in confidence. Current users now don't need dealers... - Those who are addicted to harder drugs to be given a clean and free regulated supply in a safe environment possibly on a gradual reduction and / or offered residential treatment programs if applicable. - All controlled drugs to be de-criminalized and softer recreational drugs only available through gf government outlets, where quality is high and the price is standardised. and the uk govt to make stacks of legal dough - Maybe a recreation drug i.d card that is presented to the outlet to prevent users from buying more that 5g of marijuana or 1g of coke per week... - Any country with a genuine interest in combating the harmful effects of the illicit drug trade on the wider community and the drugs on individual users colludes to buy all the opium and cocaine direct from the farmers, cutting out terrorists and criminals from their main source of income. - No more high end drug crime, no more cosa nostra, no more Taliban. no more dead uk soldiers. - No more domestic drug dealing which has the added bonus of not exposing potential new uses from trying hard(er) drugs. - No more domestic drug-related crime. - Domestic Insurance costs down, - Cost to the taxpayer down. - Secure and cheap source of pain-relieving raw materials for hospitals - No more overdoses - No more poisoning thru impurities - Reduction in spread of hiv / aids and hepatitis etc etc etc
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My proposal is multifaceted and in no particular order. - Drug addicts or anyone who's use of any harmful substance that causes them a problem have a registered illness and therefore to be treated by their GP as a patient in confidence. Current users now don't need dealers... - Those who are addicted to harder drugs to be given a clean and free regulated supply in a safe environment possibly on a gradual reduction and / or offered residential treatment programs if applicable. - All controlled drugs to be de-criminalized and softer recreational drugs only available through gf government outlets, where quality is high and the price is standardised. and the uk govt to make stacks of legal dough - Maybe a recreation drug i.d card that is presented to the outlet to prevent users from buying more that 5g of marijuana or 1g of coke per week... - Any country with a genuine interest in combating the harmful effects of the illicit drug trade on the wider community and the drugs on individual users colludes to buy all the opium and cocaine direct from the farmers, cutting out terrorists and criminals from their main source of income. - No more high end drug crime, no more cosa nostra, no more Taliban. no more dead uk soldiers. - No more domestic drug dealing which has the added bonus of not exposing potential new uses from trying hard(er) drugs. - No more domestic drug-related crime. - Domestic Insurance costs down, - Cost to the taxpayer down. - Secure and cheap source of pain-relieving raw materials for hospitals - No more overdoses - No more poisoning thru impurities - Reduction in spread of hiv / aids and hepatitis etc etc etc
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Guest: DeltaWhisky (1093 days ago)
Your suggestions, while reasoned, rational, sensible and well thought out just wouldn't work. The reason? No country cares enough about the fate of its drug users/addicts to put that much work into helping them and, by extension, itself. If any of them did actually give a tiny fraction of a shit, a lot of what you propose would already be in place.
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Your suggestions, while reasoned, rational, sensible and well thought out just wouldn't work. The reason? No country cares enough about the fate of its drug users/addicts to put that much work into helping them and, by extension, itself. If any of them did actually give a tiny fraction of a shit, a lot of what you propose would already be in place.
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Guest: GuestPoster (1092 days ago)
I agree with DeltaWhisky, there`s only just enough money/sympathy/whatever in society to help those who really need it and are really willing to help themselves. The arnings about drugs have been around long enough but every generation thinks they know better.
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I agree with DeltaWhisky, there`s only just enough money/sympathy/whatever in society to help those who really need it and are really willing to help themselves. The arnings about drugs have been around long enough but every generation thinks they know better.
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Guest: (1091 days ago)
After viewing this I believe the caption should read 'Melanie Phillips IS on drugs'. Silly mare.
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After viewing this I believe the caption should read 'Melanie Phillips IS on drugs'. Silly mare.
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Guest: (1094 days ago)
Why would drug barons want to end prohibition?
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Why would drug barons want to end prohibition?
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Guest: Paul James 1234 (188 days ago)
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Shes a ******* psycho

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Shes a ******* psycho

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Guest: Beef (1093 days ago)
I think it is time for a war on the daily mail.
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I think it is time for a war on the daily mail.
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