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Britain now looking at legalisation of cannabis

The whole world is moving towards decriminalisation of cannabis, the latest to start the move is the United Kingdom:

Cannabis should be legalised to bring Britain up to speed with a growing number of Western countries and end the “embarrassment” of domestic drugs policy, a cross party group of MPs have said.

Former deputy prime minster Nick Clegg and former health minister Norman Lamb joined Labour and Tory figures to back a new report which claimed legalisation could net the Treasury more than £1 billion a year in tax revenue.

The Adam Smith Institute and Volteface study argued that the UK should follow the lead of the United States, where four further states legalised marijuana in this month’s elections.

It came as Germany gets ready to legalise cannabis for medical purposes and Canada prepares for all-out decriminalisation.

The Netherlands effectively decriminalised cannabis decades ago while Portugal legalised it in 2001.   Read more »

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Queen Victoria writes letters at a table piled with despatch boxes Photo: Getty

Queen Victoria & Karim Abdul. To her great satisfaction, Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in 1876 and afterward imported an Indian flavor to her court, employing a number of Indians as her servants. Karim Abdul became a servant to the Queen’s household in 1887 and was promoted to be the Queen’s personal secretary handling matters relating to India in 1894. Victoria is shown here working on her boxes containing state papers while seated in her garden tent at Frogmore House, Windsor, with Karim Abdul attending her.

Queen Victoria

The Queen, who died in January 1901 aged 81, has always been portrayed as a sexually and emotionally repressed monarch, but Queen Victoria was actually extremely enthusiastic on both men and sex.

After marrying her cousin, Prince Albert, she recounted their passionate wedding night in a letter.

She said:

“It was a gratifying and bewildering experience. I never, never spent such an evening. His excessive love and affection gave me feelings of heavenly love and happiness. He clasped me in his arms and we kissed each other again and again.”

Victoria was incredibly fond of making love to Albert.

She enjoyed the physical side of their relationship – but rarely the consequences. At one point, she had nine children under 15 and deeply resented the physical and emotional repercussions of child-bearing, because pregnancy and babies got in the way of sex.

One of the things that Albert did when he built Osborne House was to install a special bolt in their bedroom so that if they wanted to get it on, all they’d have to do is push a button by the bed and the door would be locked so no servants or children would interrupt them.

Victoria described sex as ‘heavenly love-making’. After the birth of their youngest child, Princess Beatrice, in 1857, Victoria’s doctor, Sir James Reid, gave her a stern warning against attempting any further pregnancies.

The Queen, then 38, was apparently devastated and was said to have responded: ‘Oh Sir James! Am I not to have any more fun in bed?’

Albert had a risque portrait commissioned of Victoria, which was not considered appropriate to show to the public.

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Hope yet for TPP says Charles Finny

Charles Finny knows a thing or two about trade.

His NBR column explains why the Labour party shouldn’t be praising Donald Trump for the death of the TPP just yet.

Since the outcome of the US presidential election became clear, there have been many people commenting on the implications of the result for trade policy. The views expressed are largely gloomy.

Some go so far as to suggest that globalisation is at an end and that the era of trade liberalisation died with it. Others suggest the US has created a leadership vacuum that China will fill. Yet more are suggesting a different approach to the way New Zealand negotiates free-trade agreements.

These people may well be proved correct but my advice to everyone is to take a cold shower and be more patient. It is too early to reach any firm judgments on what a Trump Administration is going to mean for trade policy.

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Winston Peters on how Key and Trump will be like oil and water

Winston Peters has an opinion piece at Fairfax and he explains why John Key, these days, is more often wrong than right.

A tidal wave of change is blowing through the West.

Never in recent history have we experienced such political upheaval as we have experienced this year.

First Brexit, when the British public voted to leave the European Union.

Now, this week, Donald Trump, the property magnate, reality TV host and political novice, came out of nowhere to snatch the United States presidency.

The people who claim to be experts – the pollsters, the chattering classes, the talk-show hosts who live their lives in a bubble not understanding what ordinary people think – they all predicted Hillary Clinton.

They got it wrong.

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Theresa May should tell the porridge wogs to piss off

They are a pack of broken arsed useless bastards who can’t afford their own country without pommy subsidies and are now trying to relitigate their failed referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon warned that she was prepared to stage a second Scottish independence referendum before the UK quits the European Union as she attacked the Tories for their “xenophobic” rhetoric on the EU.

In a clear challenge to Theresa May’s government in London, the first minister told the Scottish National party conference in Glasgow she would unveil draft legislation next week to prepare for a rerun of the 2014 referendum within the next two years.

Sturgeon said the UK government’s recent rhetoric on capping immigration and on quitting the EU single market made it clear that the Tory party had been taken over by its “rampant and xenophobic” right wing. To applause from delegates, Sturgeon singled out the prime minister and declared: “Hear this: if you think for one single second that I’m not serious about doing what it takes to protect Scotland’s interests, then think again.”

Her official spokesman cautioned that this was designed to give the Scottish government the full range of options. Sturgeon had a dual-track strategy and her immediate goal was to get the strongest powers possible for Holyrood in the Brexit deal.

Sturgeon said a decision on triggering a second referendum was dependent on the strength of the new powers that would pass to Holyrood after Brexit, including powers that the Tories are unlikely to offer, on allowing separate policies on immigration and foreign affairs.   Read more »

Brexit fines worse than cock tax

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The Euros are trying to stitch up Britain with a bill to Brexit that far exceed even the most voracious cock tax.

Britain could face a ‘divorce’ bill of up to 20 billion euros – around £18 billion – as the cost of leaving the EU.

The massive payment is expected to be demanded by Brussels to settle shared liabilities.

Eurocrats are preparing calculations for the sums that need to be divided up as the UK entangles itself from the bloc.

They are believed to include £217 billion of unpaid budget appropriations, £57.5billion of pension liabilities, and other commitments totalling around £29 billion.

The Financial Times said its analysis represented the first attempt to calculate the UK’s liabilities on leaving the EU.

Some officials in Brussels have warned that the final figure could be even higher.

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Poms suspend millions of aid payments to ‘Palestine’ amid claims cash is handed to terrorists

I wonder how much aid New Zealand pays to ‘Palestine’?

BRITAIN is suspending millions of pounds-worth of aid payments to the Palestinian Authority amid staggering claims taxpayers cash is ending up in the hands of terrorists.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel has ordered a freeze pending an investigation.

Earlier this summer furious MPs demanded action after revelations UK aid supposedly paying for civil servants in Gaza was being transferred to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

One Hamas master bomber was alleged to have been given £100,000 by the PLO.

Other ‘salaries’ is said to have gone to families of suicide bombers and teenagers attacking Israel.

Dfid has previously admitted the PLO makes “social welfare” provisions for prisoners’ families but ruled out the idea UK cash is being diverted in this way.

Government sources yesterday conceded that many of the civil servants were doing other jobs while pocketing UK taxpayers’ cash.

The decision by the Department for International Development means £25 million in cash is being withheld this year – a third of the total aid sent to Palestine. The majority goes to charities in the region.

This matches the issues World Vision has had with aid money funding terrorism.

There does seem to be an endemic problem of aid monies being absconded with to fund terrorism. Best solution would be to wind it up and see what happens.

 

– The Sun

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No wonder the Poms voted for Brexit, now they aren’t supposed to mention the religion of bad terrorist wogs

The EU is trying to silence and censor British media:

European human rights chiefs have told the British press it must not report when terrorists are Muslim.

The recommendations came as part of a list of 23 meddling demands to Theresa May’s government on how to run the media in an alarming  threat to freedom speech.

The report, drawn up by the Council of Europe’s human rights watchdog, blamed the recent increase in hate crimes and racism in the UK on the ‘worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians’, although the research was done before the EU referendum campaign had even begun.

The suggestions sent to Downing Street urging the UK Government to reform criminal law and freedom of the press and in a brutal criticism of the British press, the report recommends ministers ‘give more rigorous training’ to journalists.

But UK ministers firmly rebutted the remarkable demands, telling the body: ‘The Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.’

In other less diplomatic words, ‘Get Fucked!’   Read more »

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NZ First wants us to adopt the Brexit immigration stance

Winston is onto it….charging for and shoring up his centre vote.

The decision to leave the EU has brought a harsh crackdown on immigration to Britain – New Zealand would do well to follow the lead, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“As Home Secretary Amber Rudd pointed out in announcing the sweeping changes: ‘We won’t win in the world if we don’t do more to upskill our own workforce’.

“She said while Britain would continue to attract the ‘brightest and best’ the government had recognised some companies were taking the easy option and employing migrants instead of training locals.

“She added: ‘Foreign workers should not be able to take jobs that British people should do’.

“New Zealand should take heed.   Read more »

Brexit date set

It’s official, the date of the official Brexit has been set.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would trigger the process to leave the EU by the end of March, offering the first glimpse of a timetable for a divorce that will redefine Britain’s ties with its biggest trading partner.

Britain’s shock vote to leave the European Union in June propelled May to power and the former interior minister has been under pressure to offer more details on her plan for departure, beyond an often-repeated catchphrase that “Brexit means Brexit”.

In a move to ease fears among her ruling Conservatives that she may delay the divorce, May told the party’s annual conference in Birmingham, central England, that she was determined to move on with the process and win the “right deal”.   Read more »

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