Opinion- Union boss Len McCluskey warns Corbyn critics and predicts 2019 election – Sky News


Here's an incredibly powerful article by the Guardian. It reports that the Unite chief believes there will be an immediate post-Brexit General Election if the PM fails to reach a deal with the EU.

 

Source: Union boss Len McCluskey warns Corbyn critics and predicts 2019 election

I never thought that I’d agree with Len McCluskey but for me, he’s spot-on.

People didn’t vote to crash out of the EU without a deal. May and the Conservative Party despite what they’re saying in public must recognize that Len McCluskey is right.

Perhaps May and her Brexit Ministers think their outfoxing their European partners by threatening to walk away from the EU? Is it a bluff or will the Conservatives cave  to stay in power? Perhaps, the fear-mongering is part of a soften-up up of both parliament & UK public to make them thankful of any deal that May can achieve?

Thoughts?

Opinion – ‘Lock them up:’ My double standard in responding to the crack crisis vs. the opioid epidemic – The Washington Post


Here's an unusual article that's a recommended read. The author recalls his first-hand experiences as a pastor in a multcultural community. He reflects, 'As I look back at my own calls for harsher sentencing legislation, I can only confess that I was complicit in doing the wrong thing'.

Source: ‘Lock them up:’ My double standard in responding to the crack crisis vs. the opioid epidemic – The Washington Post

This article is important in comparing the ‘crack epidemic‘ of the eighties to current ‘opioid epedemic’. The pastor sums it up in his words:

So what I am struck by now is how my perspective has changed. Sure, I’m a few decades older and have learned some things, but it’s worth noting what crack meant to us. It meant black street crime.

Today, what the opioid epidemic means for many of us: Whites need treatment.

Perhaps, there are still two standards in the US, one for blacks and another for whites? Given that Pew Research has recently cited 50% of US families have been impacted by the opioid crisis, there’s now a political incentive for politicians to be seen to be engaged helping encouraging more funding for treatment and prevention.

But there’s another factor, overprescription of opioids to older Americans looks to be peaking. But the ugly part of the opioid crisis is the massive explosion of illegal opiods by criminals – prices are tumbling and greater volumes are entering the marketing targeted at younger users.

Surely the criminal aspects of the ‘crack epedemic’ are not so dissimilar from the crimal aspects of the ‘opioid epedemic’? So are the media and political classes now softer on crime?

Thoughts?