Opinion – Why Gun Culture is So Strong in Rural America – Op Ed – Robert Leonard – NYT


Here’s an outstanding must-read, op-ed, written by Robert Leonard, published in the NYT. It’s examines brilliantly the arguments for and against guns in America. There’s a fascinating insight into the ‘conservative American‘, passionate about individualism and individual responsibility, anchored in traditional Christian values. Most importantly, Robert Leonard highlights how the Democrat Party has abandoned traditional working class people in rural America. It’s a fascinating analysis. Thoughts?

Opinion – Britain’s hidden epidemic of gambling addiction has been left unattended for too long – Op Ed – Tom Watson and Jon Ashworth – Huffington Post

Here’s a good op ed, published in the Huffington Post, highlighting how the UK’s Labour Party would go further on tackling gambling addiction. As I reflect on this article, my mind cast over the growing politics of addiction – including drugs, alcohol, gambling and obesity. On the left, the approach demands growing state-involvement. Meanwhile, on the right, the viewpoint is increasingly that it’s the respobsibility of the individual and and his/her family. My political views are well known and I do not subscribe to the view that gambling addiction should be the latest disease to be addressed by the NHS. But I do think that government intervention on all addictions is way behind the curve. Having spent most of my career delivering strategic change, I think that governments must take a holistic approach to addiction, regarding it increasingly as a strategic challenge. After all, consider how China suffered in the Opium Wars?