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The SNP’s Minimum Pricing on Alcohol: A policy conceived in a brewery

The SNP’s Minimum Pricing on Alcohol: A policy conceived in a brewery

Alex Roberts November 16, 2017 0

Yesterday (15.11.17), the policy the SNP hoped to introduce in Scotland, until it was taken to the Courts, has officially been given the green light. The Supreme Court found that the policy to set

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Scotland’s minimum alcohol pricing – an ill conceived proposal?

Scotland’s minimum alcohol pricing – an ill conceived proposal?

Eddie McGarrity November 15, 2017 0

In a landmark victory for the SNP, the Supreme Court has ruled that their Government in Holyrood can set a minimum price for alcohol, in spite of a persistent challenge from the Scotch Whisky

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Warning Labels for Cigarettes, Alcohol and Junk Food: Is There Any Point?

Warning Labels for Cigarettes, Alcohol and Junk Food: Is There Any Point?

Sam Woolfe October 30, 2013 0

John Stuart Mill in On Liberty argued that individuals should have the personal liberty to harm themselves, so long as their actions did not harm others. He was all for the free availability of

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Libertarians need to get out more!

Libertarians need to get out more!

Daniel Pryor July 23, 2013 4

(Photograph by Mokeneco) Daniel Pryor urges libertarians to cast off the oppressive shackles of basement-dwelling. It’s currently a Sunday evening, and I am eternally grateful that The Backbencher is largely in the business of

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Should ‘Ibogaine’ Be Used to Treat Drug Addiction?

Should ‘Ibogaine’ Be Used to Treat Drug Addiction?

Backbencher April 17, 2013 2

  Ibogaine is a plant with both hallucinogenic and dissociative properties. This means it produces both hallucinations and feelings of detachment. Ibogaine-containing brews have been used in rituals in the African spiritual tradition of

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Drug Addiction: A Health or Criminal Issue?

Drug Addiction: A Health or Criminal Issue?

Backbencher April 10, 2013 0

  Before deciding whether drug addiction is a health or criminal issue, it is also important to understand what drug addiction is and how addiction in general works. People sometimes make a distinction between

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Al Capone and the rise of the American Mafia

Al Capone and the rise of the American Mafia

Tristan Kitchin March 13, 2013 0

  Al Capone, one of America’s most famous gangsters, rose to fame as the leader of the Chicago Mafia during the Prohibition era. Born in 1899, into a respectable family living in Brooklyn, Capone

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Time For A Pint?

Daniel Pryor March 12, 2013 0

  Daniel Pryor challenges those who would ban cannabis, comparing the harm caused by legal alcohol and illegal marijuana. It’s not often that a free market anarchist dedicates a piece to exploring the harmful

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Foreign Affairs News Roundup 17/01/13

Foreign Affairs News Roundup 17/01/13

Lee Jenkins January 17, 2013 0

Forces of the French Republic took part in two days of bombing in support of government forces trying to regain control of Mali. The North of the country has been under the sway of

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Drug legalisation is an Eldorado not worth exploring

Drug legalisation is an Eldorado not worth exploring

Jon Stanley December 17, 2012 6

The year is 2015.  I am supplying drugs to anyone I think needs them to feel better.  Sometimes they need amphetamine, sometimes heroin.  Older punters usually ask for “downers” every night to help them

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