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How Not To Do It [Jul. 5th, 2005|09:42 am]
Tony Grist
The British Government commissioned a report on its drugs policies. The report concluded that the policies weren't working. The Government suppressed the report(it has now been leaked) and continued with the failing policies.

None of this is the least bit surprising.

Because to admit that the policies are failing and then to change them would involve re-educating the public, defying the right-wing press (and the government of the USA) and really that's too much like hard work- not to mention electorally risky. Better to bury the report and carry on as before.

It is far more important for Government to appear strong and effective than for it to be so.

[User Picture]From: ibid
2005-07-05 03:28 am (UTC)
Tra la la......
Well they have turned into old fasioned tories, we have no viable socialist opposition and even at age 15 I thought the new labour project sounded like a mcdonalds advertising campaign.

Blair actually frightens me because he doesn't seem to graps what poplitics is about. AHve you read Anthony Seldon's study?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-05 04:39 am (UTC)
No, I haven't read Seldon. But I've just been and read the Guardin review. It sounds good.

I find Blair detestable. The shiny eyes, the shiny teeth, the pulpit mannerisms. And I can't forgive him for Iraq.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2005-07-05 08:54 am (UTC)
Nor I. The thing I hate most is the way he tries to be everyone's friend while talking down to us.

But I refuse to think of it any more as I don't want to get cross.
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