Positive thoughts for the holidays and media “silly season”

Lord Hylton

All too often, aggressors and those who want to establish illegal “facts on the ground” take advantage of the month of August, hoping that their misdeeds may escape notice.

Against this background I will try to outline some positive thoughts, which might germinate during this time:

1:  Stop the execution of juvenile offenders:

Young people under the age of 18 are still being sentenced and killed for crimes such as murder or offences to do with drugs.  The victims of such extreme severity often come from the poorest sections of society and seldom have proper legal defence.  In countries with Sharia Law, their families usually cannot afford to pay compensation (blood money) which might save the lives of the offenders.

In Saudi Arabia and Iran there is a steady trickle of executions of juveniles.  Yet there is evidence that external protest can slow down and perhaps eventually end the flow of deaths.  Politely worded letters and emails to embassies can bear fruit, even if at first they appear to be rebuffed or ignored.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child exempts those under 18 from capital punishment.

2:  Illegal drugs:

At present the production and distribution of forbidden drugs is almost wholly in the hands of criminals.  The profits are huge.  Drug-busts and the so-called Wars on Drugs make hardly any difference to the deadly traffic and the damage that it causes.

This is slowly being recognized. In the USA several cities have decriminalized the possession and use of some drugs.  In Europe, Portugal has changed its law, while Germany, Finland and others are moving in the same direction.

It is high time that the use of currently illegal drugs was treated as a health issue, just as abuse of alcohol has long been (unless it leads on to other crimes).   This will only happen when there is widespread re-thinking of long accepted ideas.  Harm reduction should be the aim.  Members of Parliament and local Councillors need help to see that current policies are a failure.

Progress should also be made on over-prescription of some drugs in mental health and epilepsy cases.  This can be unnecessarily prolonged, when lighter doses would be sufficient. Mistakes by busy GPs may be the cause, and this point could be taken up with NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence).





7 comments for “Positive thoughts for the holidays and media “silly season”

  1. 28/07/2018 at 10:18 am

    First you have to start more of the Sustainworthier Things’

    [see ‘Participatorily-democratisational & not-for-profit, power nor prestige’ voluntarily altruistic e-site :- http://lifefresh.net ]

  2. Senex
    09/08/2018 at 11:14 am

    “…and those who want to establish illegal “facts on the ground””

    From May 22, 2018 ‘those’ you refer to are able to hide their identities.

    “Data Validation: Nominet was able to match the registrant’s name and address against a 3rd party data. Source mmm-dd-yyyy”

    A convenient way to plant false information is to change or hack a web page when the owner of the domain has chosen privacy. Unless the owner is aware of the change the falsehood persists. Previously and by law the owner’s details and contact email address were public domain.

    Ref: WHOIS will no longer display the registrant’s name or address

  3. Senex
    09/08/2018 at 11:15 am

    “…In countries with Sharia Law…”

    The position with Saudi Arabia is described under its Law of Criminal Procedure: Chapter IX: Invalidity

    Article 188: Any action that is inconsistent with the principles of Shari’ah or the laws derived therefrom shall be invalid.”

    If one wanted a specific action by way of remedy Article 188 might be a problem. Article 188 establishes a philosophy or jurisprudence that allows Saudi Shari’ah courts and civil courts to coexist without conflict.

    This raises issues for Shari’ah courts wishing to establish in the UK. Because there is no equivalent Article 188 such courts would lack a necessary jurisprudence as court sentencing would most certainly conflict with Public Law. On this basis are Local Authorities that grant planning permission for Shari’ah courts acting illegally?

    Ref: Saudi Arabia: Basic System of Government
    Saudi Arabia, Laws: Law of Criminal Procedure [2001]

  4. 10/08/2018 at 12:32 pm

    Establish the sequencing of the common-essential-lifesupports – for both the Earth and for each human-individual here within.

    That we as a British Nation of People are consuming, including wasting and wantonly destroying and extincting Lifesupports
    “to the tune of”
    five(5) times more than our fair-share
    of this Earth’s natural-resources and civilisational-produce
    is a “mega-human-&-environment disaster” we do not need to keep both “disbelieving” and “reasoning-away”.

    Everything aboard the Titanic was “rejoicing”, too

    – even as the unsinkable ship struck the “shouldn’t-ever-have-been-there”
    giant-iceberg …

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