Category Archives: Drugs

Early Intervention

PARENTS who allow their children to become truants will lose welfare payments under Labor’s plan to toughen elements of the Northern Territory intervention after a report found widespread acceptance of the controversial program in Aboriginal communities. In a redesign of its attack on indigenous disadvantage, the Gillard government will announce plans to legislate to continue […]

Trippy Skippy

Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around “as high as a kite”, a government official has said. Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania, said the kangaroo-like marsupials were getting into poppy fields grown for medicine. She was reporting to a parliamentary hearing on […]

Vale-um: Amy Winehouse

Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, has been found dead at her north London home. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but […]

It’s the end of the world as we know it… and we eat BRAINZ!

A worried member of the public has forced Leicester City Council to admit it is unprepared for a zombie invasion. The authority received a Freedom of Information request which said provisions to deal with an attack, often seen in horror films, were poor. The “concerned citizen” said the possibility of such an event was one […]

Show but don’t Tell

Four nine-year-old boys have been suspended from their Lancashire primary school after being found with cannabis. The children were found with a small amount of the class B drug at Cherry Fold Community Primary School in Burnley on Friday. Police spoke to the boys and their parents and issued them with youth referral orders. Deanne […]

The Noble Experiment

Until I came to do the research for my MPhil, I didn’t realise that Prohibition — that great failed exercise in mass planning — was also known back in the day as ‘the noble experiment’. I learnt of the alternative moniker through Daniel Okrent’s superb history — Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. […]

Libertarian Writing Bleg

As a few people around the place know, I’m currently writing a novel. I’d originally had grand plans of getting it finished before starting at Oxford in 2007, but that didn’t happen. It does look likely that it’ll be finished by the end of this year, however, which is both a great relief and slightly […]

The Bong Song

Via Reason, an open letter to President Obama: ease up in the war on drugs. Here’s the composer’s statement to go with the song: Thank you, President Obama, for keeping your campaign pledge to end raids on medical marijuana dispensaries that are legal under state laws in California and elsewhere. Thank you for reversing an […]

Theodore Dalrymple stirs the pot

British psychiatrist Theordore Dalrymple (aka Anthony Daniels) both annoys and interests me in equal measure. On the one hand, he’s a resolute defender of personal betterment: as documented in Life at the Bottom, he was willing to put his career on the line so that welfare recipients could gain an education — up to and […]

Duty to restrain drunk drivers

It is easier to impose a duty on someone for something they have actually done than it is to impose a duty on someone for something they have failed to do (the misfeasance/nonfeasance distinction). Nothing illustrates this more clearly than a case where a pub fails to restrain a drunken patron from driving while drunk. […]