Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Cannabis and hookers

In today's service economies cannabis dealing and prostitutes' 'turnover' (all puns intended) are to be included in the UK's official Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Britain makes £10 billion a year thanks to drug dealers and prostitutes, the government's statistics watchdog is set to confirm.

The Office for National Statistics is expected to comply with new EU rules by revealing its first estimates for the size of the illegal industries and how it has reached these calculations.

Prostitution in Britain is set to be valued at around £3 billion a year while the drug dealing sector is set to be valued at £7 billion, with both of them factored into the UK's £1.6 trillion gross domestic product.

Other states have been asked to include the sectors in their national accounts given that prostitution and the consumption of drugs are legal in countries like the Netherlands.

The EU ruling has provoked fierce criticism. Mark Garnier, Tory member of the Treasury select committee, said: “In effect, governments are being asked to quantify the size of their failure.”

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Only the beginning.

I warned anyone who would listen that POCA, the Proceeds of Crime Act, would be only the beginning.

In the March budget the Chancellor (a Conservative Chancellor at that) announced that, henceforth, the government, in the guise of HMRC, would be able to remove from citizens' bank accounts any sums of money that they felt they were owed.

Dr Eamonn Butler of the Adam Smith Institute has said, ""If we allow the authorities to take cash from our accounts for any amount they think we owe them, then none of us is safe."

"Emma Carr, deputy director of Big Brother Watch, warned: "Today the taxman has to go to court to seize your money. [In future] he'll be able to do it with a click of a mouse."

Osborne's response is: ""Some people have been contacted on average nine times by the Revenue, and have exhausted all their appeals," he pointed out, "which would work as a "judicial safeguard".

This, of course, is bollocks.  A few "reminders" is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a "judicial safeguard".

All governments, under our present (and corrupt) parliamentary system are committed to the removal of the right of private citizens to amass wealth - again, not my words; those of the Adam Smith Institute.

This has been foretold in the 1989 Film "Society" right down to the imaginative use of the Eton Boating Song.

The Cannabis Conspiracy - how the government operates a legal scam to cream off drugs money for itself.

Monday, 31 March 2014

You probably already know this but...

Canadian researchers have discovered that university students who smoke cannabis perform better academically than those who smoke tobacco.

The University of Toronto scientists examined trends in tobacco and marijuana use from 1981 to 2011.
‘In the past, cannabis use was associated with more problematic behaviours, but this trend has flipped’, said Dr Michael Chaiton, assistant professor in epidemiology and public health policy at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
‘Youth tobacco users are likely to have poor academic performance and engage in socially deviant behaviours, like vandalism, theft or assault.’

In the interests of balanced reporting I should note that students who smoked neither tobacco nor cannabis scored higher than those who smoked cannabis.  Alcohol was not mentioned in the study.

From the Daily Mail

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Friday, 28 March 2014

More state sponsored horrors

Whether it is big government or big state institutions, the outcome is always the same: abuse of power.  The bigger the organisation, the bigger the abuse.

Some kind of an ‘investigation’ into child abuse in North Wales care homes rumbles on after more than 20 years of denials, though it is an investigation so obviously conducted with a lack of gusto.  Yet another Hillsborough inquiry is being conducted into the behaviour of the police – again after 20 years of denials.  At the BBC we still have, unresolved, the case of Jimmy Savile who sexually abused young girls on an industrial scale.  It is significant that only at the BBC (funded via government intervention on pain of imprisonment) was it possible for abuse to occur on such a massive scale.  ITV has not had the same problem.  It takes government backing and the usual list of suspects on the old boy network to really cook up a cauldron of evil. Currently another massive enquiry is underway in Durham into the widespread and systematic sexual abuse of young offenders at a detention centre leading as far back as the 1970s.

One young man, who was sent to the detention centre for receiving a stolen watch from his brother, was raped by staff every day of his sentence.  As soon as he was released he went straight to the local police station to file a complaint but was told that if he proceeded with it they would lock him back in the detention centre for more of the same.

The story, as always, is power given to a group by the state; it is abused and then all the other agencies of the state conspire not only to cover up the crime but to join in by heaping more punishment on the true victim.  Twenty or so years later, when the protagonists are dead, the story is eventually allowed to leak out.  That only happens when a newspaper feels sufficiently brave to print an article in the knowledge that a dead person cannot sue for libel.

A more proactive news media and a less powerful super state would be a boon to millions of ordinary people who just want to get on with their lives.  This latest scandal has, so far, has cost the taxpayer in excess of £500,000 in compensation – not including the usual couple of million in legal bills.

Durham police uncover paedophile ring with more than 500 potential victims

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Planes, boats and (gravy) trains

President Obama’s visit to Brussels the other day cost the European taxpayer £8.3m (10 million Euros).  Given the numbers of planes, cars and staff involved in the President’s entourage, presumably the American taxpayer can expect another bill at least equal to that.  The man is entitled to all necessary protection but £16 million (over $26 million) for one day out is, surely, not a sensible use of our money.  It is no wonder that taxes are rising at an unacceptable rate.  How many citizens would have to pay taxes all their lives to meet this single bill?

Those involved, and on the gravy train, will never willingly choose to cut the size of state spending.  The reality is this whole event could have been undertaken via a video link or secure Internet connection for a few hundred pounds.  Instead, we have to pay out £16 million for what is, essentially, a photo opportunity – an act of self-aggrandisement to make the voters think that something important is happening.

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

The return to the Dark Ages

Professor John Lea, Professor of Criminolgy at Middlesex University, has called it the re-medievalisation of the justice system.

In Cannabis Man and The Cannabis Conspiracy I have commented on the manner in which the state has quietly but continuously extended its ‘ownership’ of those things which we once considered our own.  The inevitable outcome is that the state now claims ownership over our bodies.

Our money is not our own – we merely borrow it until the state wants it back; ownership of our homes is controlled by The Land Registry; our thoughts are harvested from our communications via the telephone network and Internet.  Finally, the state has decided that it may take control of our bodies whenever it chooses.

In the United States there is disquiet that the police have begun strip searching motorists who have been stopped for the most minor of offences.   In some cases innocent motorists are being stripped in the streets.  A US judge has upheld the right of the authorities to do this on the grounds that “the 9/11 bombers might have been driving cars instead of flying planes”.

Because most of the government services in Britain are subcontracted to private companies – in the same manner as medieval tyrants used armies of mercenaries – the power to take control of a citizen’s body now cedes to commercial corporations such as G4S.  Profit making companies now bid for the right to take control over us.

[Pupils at private schools have no human rights]

But even when it is done by – what one would hope to be – a properly regulated arm of the state, abuses are commonplace.  Today it emerges that, yet again, the police are strip searching children without adequate supervision or adult care.  Of note in this latest case is the fact that two complaints by the father of the boy concerned where arbitrarily swept aside by the Chief Constable of North Wales and the first complaint to the IPCC was similarly swatted away.  This, also, is becoming the norm: ignore a valid complaint until the complainant finds a newspaper that is prepared to embarrass the state in public sufficiently for some proper action to be taken.

[Police in Llandudno strip search 15 year old boys]

In my forthcoming book “The Cannabis Cover-Up” I detail the manner in which all these tried-and-tested tricks of state oppression and mis-information come together in order to ensure the powerful stay rich and the rich become powerful.

[London police strip search 4600 children]

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Gathering pace of public pressure on cannabis

Britain’s first legal cannabis cafe could be in the pipeline after Green party Councillor Ian Driver, a self-confessed ex-recreational drug user, announced plans to open one in Kent.

Modelled on those in Amsterdam, the cafe would allow people inside to smoke marijuana legally, without fear of repercussion.

Driver, a councillor in Thanet, told the BBC he had overwhelming support from people in his district.

He said: ‘It makes eminent sense to have a nice relaxing atmosphere where cannabis users, for recreational or medicinal purposes, can get together and enjoy themselves just as other people go out for a drink.

‘We are going to talk to the police and ask them to be tolerant of the cafe.’

But Kent police said: ‘Our role is to enforce the law which states that cannabis is a Class B controlled drug and possession is an offence which carries a maximum five-year prison term.

‘The use of any premises for any drug-related activity, which would include the use of cannabis, is an offence punishable by imprisonment of up to 14 years with an unlimited fine.

‘Permitting smoking on any business premises is also an offence punishable by a £2,500 fine.’

Police blocked the opening of a similar ‘social’ cafe in Manchester’s Northern Quarter in January.

But last month Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said Britain should explore alternatives to a complete ban on all drugs, and Mr Driver believes this shift in opinion could mean his proposal is more successful.