Opinion – Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Books | The Guardian – George Mobiot – Top Blogs Revisited

I’m reblogging this popular blog because neoliberalism is once again under attack in muddled left-wing argument. Left-wing writers fail to address productivity, skills, investment and financing a larger public sector, especially in the UK, with a smaller national cake post Brexit. Conservative politicians are guilty too, forgetting the successes of Reagan and Thatcher on the back of neoliberal intervention. Now conservative politicians prefer the discredited ‘traditional conservatism‘ or the flaky platform of the neocons.

Source: Opinion – Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Books | The Guardian – George Mobiot

Surely, it’s time for conservative politicians to stop sitting on their hands? If they don’t have the qualities needed, perhaps it’s time to move aside and give the youngsters a chance?

Read Original – Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales – Office for National Statistics

Read the UK’s Office of National Statistic’s latest report of deaths due to drugs (ONS). It reports 3,744 drug poisoning deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs in England and Wales registered in 2016, being 70 higher than 2015 (an increase of 2%) and the highest number since comparable statistics began in 1993. Significantly, ONS highlights that 69% (2,593) were drug misuse deaths and there has been an increase in the rate of deaths related to drug misuse in Wales from 58.3 deaths per 1 million population in 2015 to 66.9 per 1 million in 2016. Alarmingly, people aged 40 to 49 years had the highest rate of drug misuse deaths in 2016, overtaking those aged 30 to 39 years and over half (54%) of all deaths related to drug poisoning in 2016 involved an opiate (mainly heroin and/or morphine). Finally, ONS warns that the highest mortality rate from drug misuse was in the North East with 77.4 deaths per 1 million population, a 13% increase from 2015.

Source: Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales – Office for National Statistics

Recently, this blog has been featuring the escalating opioid crisis, which risks rapidly turning from epidemic to pandemic in North American, where drugs are now the largest cause of death for the under fifties.

Unfortunately, the ONS statistics are historic and understate both the current and emerging problem. Drugs enforcement activities in the UK are failing and there’s a seriously inadequate public rehab capability, so the prognosis for UK addicts is dire.

It’s revealing that the highest number of deaths in 2016 is with  people aged 40 to 49 years, presumably reflecting failed lives economically, socially and psychologically? The highest regional concentration of deaths in the North East is another highly significant statistic. It’s hard to speculate why the North East should be so exceptional. We know that the North East has a disproportionate number of public sectors jobs and these have been hit hard by austerity. Perhaps, there’s a connection to the binge drinking which is also popular in the North East?

Thoughts?