Poor paying for profligacy of the rich

It seems our MP voted against a House of Lords plan for an impact assessment into cuts to Employment and Support Allowance to the work related activity group. To translate that into normal English: Julian Brazier has just voted to take £30 a week away from disabled people. Yes, you heard that right. Some of the most vulnerable people in society are now being picked on by our government in order to cover up their mismanagement of the economy. Employment and Support Allowance is money provided to disabled people on the recognition that their disability makes it harder for them … Continue reading Poor paying for profligacy of the rich

Banning drugs drives users to gangsters

A while ago I noted that Julian Brazier really knows next to nothing about drugs, but feels compelled to comment on them anyway. In his latest our MP has welcomed the Bill proposed in the Queen’s Speech that promises to impose a ban on legal highs. This, of course, is a contradiction in terms because once substances are banned, they are no longer legal. The absurdity of the legislation is highlighted by the fact that in order to ban substances that have a psychoactive effect, the law also has to include exemptions, such as cigarettes, coffee and alcohol, all of … Continue reading Banning drugs drives users to gangsters

Save Whitstable Crown Post Office

    Julian Brazier, our Conservative Party election candidate, has intervened in the Post Office debate by stressing the “urgency of getting the mobile building alternative in place before the Gladstone Road site closes.” I can’t see anyone in Whitstable arguing with this. Where some of us might disagree, however, is in the status of the service that will be housed in the new, temporary space. Mr Brazier is on record as saying that “in principle” he has “no problem with the Post Office moving to another store as part of a franchise.” I’d just like to remind readers that, … Continue reading Save Whitstable Crown Post Office

Reviewing effectiveness of UK drugs policy

I wasn’t sure whether to write about drugs or the media in this week’s column. So I’m writing about both. As it happens, there’s a new film out which covers precisely these topics. It’s called Kill the Messenger and it stars Jeremy Renner as real-life journalist Gary Webb who broke an amazing story back in the 90s and who was destroyed because of it. The story was about CIA complicity in the import of crack cocaine into the United States. The CIA weren’t directly involved: rather they turned a blind eye when one of their client groups, the Nicaraguan Contras, … Continue reading Reviewing effectiveness of UK drugs policy

Julian Brazier and Cannabis: who regulates the sources?

A few weeks ago our MP made a number of statements regarding the controversial retailers UK Skunkworks after a young man, Matt Ford of Whitstable, almost died from the effects of smoking one of their products. I responded by saying that while these legal highs are untested and potentially dangerous, some of our illegal drugs are relatively safe. I sent Mr Brazier a copy of the story. Here is an extract from his reply: “I am told by sources I respect that cannabis is both a much more potent drug than its namesake of the 60s and 70s and that … Continue reading Julian Brazier and Cannabis: who regulates the sources?

The War on Drugs is a War on Consciousness: in answer to Julian Brazier

In a recent story – Legal Highs vs Natural Highs, published here – I referred to an intervention my MP, Julian Brazier, made with the Home Secretary on the issue of legal highs. I sent a copy of the story to Mr Brazier who responded with the following letter: Dear Chris, Many thanks for your piece which I read with interest. This is a big complicated subject but boils down to the old question of whether to legalise or not. On one point of detail, I am told by sources I respect that cannabis is both a much more potent drug … Continue reading The War on Drugs is a War on Consciousness: in answer to Julian Brazier

Legal Highs vs Natural Highs

It often happens that there’s a confluence of stories which seem to illustrate the same point. Last week (21/09/’13) there was a story about legal highs in the Daily Mail. Karen Audino had released a picture of her son, Jimmy Guichard, 20, from Gravesend in Kent, who lay dying after suffering a heart attack and severe brain damage within hours of taking a legal substance from the controversial shop, UK Skunkworks, in Chatham, also in Kent. This is one of a number of UK Skunkworks shops in the South of England, which sell drug paraphernalia as well as legal highs. … Continue reading Legal Highs vs Natural Highs

Which side is our MP on over Syria?

We all remember the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Now we have the spectacle of the chemical attack in the suburb of Ghouta in Damascus on August 21st taking us to the brink of yet another war. Of course, as we know, our MP, voted to support military action, despite the fact that there was no evidence that the attack was carried out by the Syrian regime. I would urge Julian Brazier to look at the report by Sister Agnes Mariam and the International Support Team for Mussalaha in Syria (ISTEAMS). Sister Agnes is a Greek Melkite nun and the … Continue reading Which side is our MP on over Syria?

Public meeting about the closure of the Gladstone Road Post Office

I went to the public meeting about the closure of the Gladstone Road Post Office on Friday. Julian Brazier was there, and as well as coming out very clearly in support of the franchising out of services to a supermarket, he also went on to say a number of interesting things about the delivery office closure too. He said, “I compared notes with Sir Roger Gale and neither of us has had a single complaint. The issue was, they believed they could run it more efficiently that way, and the fact that there haven’t been any of the predicted disasters … Continue reading Public meeting about the closure of the Gladstone Road Post Office