Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Prohibition's deadly price

 More ghastly statistics out today about drug use in the country, thanks to a blinkered political approach that seemingly holds strongly to the Victorian ‘thinking’ that our elders and betters know best - and better than statistics
The political attitude certainly ensures that some people make a great deal of money out of the desire, while those who seem unable to do without drugs are obliged to pay over the top for it … in money and often with their lives.
 The political approach is obviously wrong because when humans want something badly enough, they will certainly get it.
 The people in charge of our lives, politicians, should ensure that the hooked have access to uncontaminated goods.

Drugs-related deaths

Politicians were children once. Don’t they recall the attraction for whatever was forbidden? And do they recall nothing from history about Prohibition?
 If there’s one lesson most of us learn in life it’s that making something desired verboten only adds to the attraction.
BBC news reveals today that the number of drugs-related deaths in Scotland soared to 1,187 last year - an increase of 27% on the previous year, and the highest since records began nearly 25 years ago.
We don’t have to be historians to understand the happenings associated with Prohibition. Powerful films like The Untouchables, Little Caesar, and Bugsy Malone show us.

'Bad for humans'

Alcohol was bad for humans, politicians decided, and introduced Prohibition. The view certainly failed to stop drinking. As always, the people demanded what they wanted, booze. They got it … illegally, of course. ...
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Monday, July 15, 2019

A sweet surprise at the supermarket checkout

A big surprise for economy shoppers at my local Lidl shop today – a handsome present of a box of Belgium chocolates.
What a welcome surprise for shoppers from this chain we use for better prices … especially as the only giveaway you’ll get at a non-economy supermarket I use from time to time is the non-surprise of increased prices.
For instance, being a wine drinker until a some years ago, I’ve enjoyed Sainsbury’s grape juice.
Not long ago, it look a leap up in price to 75p, then a couple of months or so ago to £1, and now its advertised at £1.25.

Giant price hike

They stocked a really pleasant Columbian coffee for around a pound for a 227g bag. Then it rose to £2, soon to £3, onto £3.50, which even for a non-mathematician is a giant price hike.
What a blaze of publicity would surround a gift from Sainsbury’s or other Brit supermarkets. However, from Lidl no hype at all.
What, experienced supermarket visitors might ask, a gift with nothing expected in return?
Nothing exactly expected, but something certainly hoped for.
Each shopper’s till receipt, handed over with the chocs, had a line at the bottom highlighted, a request to enter a Lidl survey. …
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