A middle-aged boy racer and waging war on drugs
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.