Opinion – Drugs among middle-class professionals to be investigated to combat violence, Sajid Javid announces – via Independent – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is right. Drug taking amongst middle class professionals has been rife for years. Cocaine, favoured by “Masters of the Universe”, the ‘Glitterati’ and striving London-based professionals is as commonplace as coffee.

In the “Wolf of Wall Street”, the junk stock operator, Jordan Belfort, played in the film of the same name, starring Leonardo di Caprio, writes in his book of the same name that he was encouraged to do so by his Wall Street mentor so that he could “dial faster” as a precursor to selling more shares to more people and thus earning more sales commission. Belfort in turn encouraged his boiler room salespeople to do the same thing until the authorities put a stop to his malfeasance and jailed him for fraud and breaches of securities laws, money laundering and swindling.

In expensive dinner parties, people who used to be hippies in the sixties, now relive their misspent youth, by eating cannabis baked into cakes, whilst quaffing top of the range wines and snorting cocaine.

What is needed from Javid is not a belated investigation but hard evidence about the effects of these practices, so that people who see themselves as clever and above the law can be educated to lead drug free lives.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Labour voters should look again at the Tory party, here for the many – Theresa May – Guardian/Observer

Theresa May’s op-ed in the Observer is a recommended read. She’s right to pitch towards the political centre ground – ‘one-nation conservatism‘ has a proud tradition going back to Disraeli. Alarmingly, the Labour Party has lurched towards the Far-Left – ‘New Labour’ under Jeremy Corbyn is totally different to ‘Old Labour’, built on compassionare socialism. To win the next general election, the Conservatives must deliver radical policies that will appeal to the political centrists. Since the crash of 2008 too many working and middle class families have suffered under austerity.