stupidpolicies

Letter to Manchester Gorton candidates re civil liberties

April 12, 2010

Sent to Qassim Afzal, Caroline Healy, Gerald Kaufman, Karen Reisseman and Justine Hall. Dear candidate, my name is Sarah McCulloch and I am a constituent of Manchester Gorton, whom you wish to represent in Parliament. I thought I would write to you with my concerns regarding the past few decades of curtailment of civil liberties […]

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Hello Digital Economy Act, goodbye freedom…

April 8, 2010

With the passing of the Digital Economy Bill today, here is your final chance was watch a mash-up of the wash-up “debate”. No doubt my website will be banned and you will be disconnected shortly. This is perhaps a little scare-mongering, but there is a very real prospect that hundreds, if not thousands, of people […]

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Letter to Gerald Kaufman re the digital economy bill

March 22, 2010

Dear Mr. Kaufman, thank you for your recent letter in reply to mine on the Early Day Motion on the labelling of products containing battery hen eggs. I’m writing to you today because I’m very worried that the Government is planning to rush the Digital Economy Bill into law without a full Parliamentary debate or […]

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Miffed Letter: re “Fife woman dies after taking ‘bubbles’”

January 28, 2010

Sent to The Courier after the publication of this article about a Fife resident who died in connection with mephedrone: “Dear Sir/Madam, the recent spate of hospitalisations of people who have suffered medical emergencies after taking mephedrone, also known as mcat or bubbles, is a matter of great concern. However, I was troubled by the […]

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“Muslim profiling is a recipe for insecurity”

January 2, 2010

“In both Britain and America demands for profiling all Muslims at airports are increasing in volume. This mindset not only fails to understand that most Muslims around the world detest al-Qaeda, but this outlook also cannot comprehend how terrorists are always one step ahead of the game. If it is Muslim-sounding names that are to […]

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He shoots, he scores! Oh, what an own goal! GBL and the politics of drug policy.

December 26, 2009

I am not exactly ignorant of drugs and their uses, but I had never heard of something called “GBL” until I checked the news one day and discovered the government was planning to ban it. GBL is a synthetic drug similar to GHB, which induces mild euphoria and drowsiness at low doses and loss of motor […]

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