The UK Drug Policy Commission is currently investigating the causes and effects of the stigmatisation of drug users, addicts and those in rehabilitation. It has been suggested in this study that referring to drug users as "junkies" and other such terms directly impedes the emotional and psychologica
It is well documented that healthy eating is extremely beneficial in keeping people healthy, preventing diseases like cancer, increasing life expectancy etc. As this is the case should healthy eating be made mandatory? It is much more likely that there would be legislation on school dinners than for
Racism, despite global protest and condemnation, remains crystallized as a real & abominable issue even today.Racial stereotypes plague the media. Racism has now, been proselytized from people of OTHER races to people of the same race: We are taught to be racist against our own kind and are push
Britain is overturning a ban on prisoners voting that has lasted more than a century,in response to a 2004 European Court of Human Rights ruling and advice from government lawyers that it would be costly not to comply. The coalition is to change the law to remove the voting ban on Britain's more tha
We've heard of cyber-stalking crimes. The stories are most commonly of young underage women taking naked pictures of themselves and adult men flashing them all over the internet, a middle-aged woman/man pretending to be child coerced a child to commit suicide via a chat-room, young adolescents duped
"Tell a girl who is a teenager planning to marry, to wait until her 20s." Michael Bramlett, co-author, First Marriage Dissolution, Divorce, and Remarriage Should teenage girls who become pregnant be encouraged to marry? What might the effects be on a young woman, on her child, or on the child's fa
In a democratic society, law is used to ensure the efficient social progress and to protect citizens. The focus on an efficient society sometimes is prioritised over protecting and serving citizens. Citizens who live in countries under dictatorship are even more likely to be exposed to unjust laws.
The age old argument that health trumps wealth or is wealth is given new life with this debate motion. Healthy,happy and beautifully fit people have a higher emotional quotient than irritable sick people, who may work doubly hard and produce superior work but lose out on points because of their/our
Governments exist to provide security for and promote the wellbeing of its people. Historically providing for the wellbeing of the people has normally meant attempting to create the fastest possible growth rate, so increasing wealth creation. Even in communist states that were supposedly egalitarian
Appreciating what you have and being grateful that it isn't even worse is becoming an obsession following the recession. Young people are criticized for expecting more than they have and because 'this generation is too soft', to fail to think about people worse off than you is 'selfish'. Is gratitud
In any large city people are concerned about beggars. They certainly look disadvantaged and on cold nights our hearts go out to anyone sleeping rough. But are they really so hard up? Are they playing on our sympathy? Does all the money we give them go on drugs? Should we be giving our change to
The shadow cabinet will give up their second jobs by the end of the year to focus 100% on the upcoming election. While second jobs use up MPs time they do give another perspective on politics and allows MPs to keep in touch, so are they a good thing?
The current welfare system employed in the UK and other countries around the world disincentivizes hard work and makes it difficult to get off benefits without losing out. A negative income tax system would mean there is a sliding scale which is fair to the worst off, but doesn't penalise people if
Having offenders engage in work that is useful, helpful to communities and undoes some of the damage they may have cause seems obvious however there has been an increasing number of threats to supervisors and even violence against those doing the work there may be an unexpected downside to such work
Our society is breeding a whole generation of young people who do not expect to achieve anything productive in their lives. Graduate students are applying for jobs that, previously, would have gone to somebody with A-levels. Those with A-levels are applying for the jobs for people with no qualificat
Citizens must become the masters of corporations or they will become slaves to corporate power. Corporations' aggregation of wealth, political influence and legal protections has far surpassed those available to citizens. Corporations have usurped citizens' contract with their elected representative