A mid­dle-aged boy racer and wag­ing war on drugs

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Would you be­lieve it – he’s at it again. That ge­nius as­ses­sor of ur­ban plan­ning, that mid­dle-aged boy racer, Jeremy Clark­son, has had another pop at Ash­ford’s roads.

He made an ass of him­self a few years ago by his crit­i­cisms and pre­dic­tions con­cern­ing the safety of our shared space scheme, all of which have been proved to be en­tirely wrong.

So – in true boy racer style – he de­cides that there should be no speed humps in a res­i­den­tial road with two schools.

Of course there would be no need – if peo­ple tucked safely in their metal-walled au­to­mo­biles were to drive with due con­sid­er­a­tion for peo­ple en­cased only in skin.

Apart from the pro­nounce­ments of the tun­nel-vi­sioned Mr C, there were two items in last week’s KE which gave pause for thought. Both had to do with drugs.

The first was coun­cil­lor David Smith’s con­cern that ‘Deal­ers have been sell­ing drugs in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in South Willes­bor­ough...’ and that, when one lo­ca­tion for such sales is closed down, another springs up. This is in­evitable. It is ev­i­dence of the fu­til­ity of the so-called ‘war on drugs’ and clearly demon­strates how noth­ing was learned from the Pro­hi­bi­tion pe­riod in Amer­ica, when the out­law­ing of al­co­hol gave rise to wide­spread crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity (in­deed, it is held

‘He made an ass of him­self a few years ago by his crit­i­cisms’

that the Kennedy for­tune may have been based at least partly on boot­leg­ging ac­tiv­i­ties).

Even­tu­ally, the sale of the drug, al­co­hol, was de­crim­i­nalised and it is now to be found in the most re­spectable of house­holds. Per­haps, now that 18 Amer­i­can states have de­crim­i­nalised pos­ses­sion of small amounts of cannabis for per­sonal use, our Govern­ment will see sense and fol­low suit.

And so we turn to page 41, where we find that ‘train­ing con­sul­tancy’ HR+ en­dorse re­search re­veal­ing that smok­ers of that other fear­some drug, nico­tine, cost Bri­tish firms more than £8bn in lost pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Are we no dif­fer­ent from ants and bees, that the sole pur­pose of the in­di­vid­ual’s ex­is­tence is to con­trib­ute to the great god ‘Pro­duc­tiv­ity’? The con­cern ex­pressed here is clearly that smok­ing dam­ages pro­duc­tiv­ity rather than health. Many com­pa­nies have done away with tea and cof­fee breaks and lunch breaks are fast be­com­ing things of the past in Bri­tain.

Nine­teen Eighty Four may be com­ing a lit­tle late to our world but be sure of this – it is com­ing.

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