Paul North, director of communications at Volteface, which commissioned me to write the paper, says Canadian customers’ response to the malfunctioning new markets is understandable: “You have to provide a superior experience to the illicit market. When it comes to cannabis, this is not easy. Dealers have no marketing restrictions, and can offer a sweet deal and deliver a product to your door. For most people, cannabis use is a relaxing, problem-free and enjoyable experience. Buying the drug needs to match that experience, and; until it does, the illicit market will continue.” … [Read more...] about Stoners cheered when Canada legalised cannabis. How did it go so wrong?
Should politicians private lives be public
Don’t get me wrong, I believe these groups are key in changing the world for the better and the work they do is vital. Indeed, before I entered politics I spent my life working for pressure groups of one type or another (the Burma Campaign, Oxfam, NSPCC ... the list goes on).But the Labour party is not and must not become just another pressure group. Its role is to be a potential party of government, to translate progressive demands and ideas into actionable policies that change lives. It should, of course, campaign and protest, come up with policies and conduct research but the thing that What sets it apart is its ability to win elections and to govern, and it is that on which it must be judged. … [Read more...] about Let’s stick together: Labour’s first-termers share their hopes and fears for 2016
TB: What I mean by a middle-class view of public services is that, in the end, whether you like it or not, what people expect from public services is increasingly what they get in every other part of their life. The thing that has been most extraordinary to me is just understanding the revolutionary nature of the technological advances and changes. And what these are basically doing is, they are not making people any less socially concerned but it means they spend their lives making choices, deciding to do things in a customised, individual way. It doesn't mean they give up those social and community bonds, but it does mean – my kids as they are growing up just live in a completely different world – that they don't live in the kind of world they used to inhabit. That middle-class view which is – "I will decide, thank you very much, not you the state; you the state may help me, but I decide" – that view is, I think, where people are. If you look at the emerging … [Read more...] about Tony Blair interview: the full transcript
We do not yet know the full details of such a programme. No one would claim that the last Labour manifesto, or any of the others, possessed them. But we do know the basic building blocks. It is a programme that would put the enormous commitment and talent of our people together with the technological advantages of our age. This would halt the trend to ever greater inequality, create more collaborative and rewarding patterns of work, give employees and entrepreneurs a sense of real power in the economy, and reverse the priority given to short-term profit over employment that offers long-term, sustainable wellbeing. All parts of the Labour party and many others beyond ought to be able to agree to the essentials of this programme. … [Read more...] about Calls for Labour to split are indulgent when the priority is to engage voters