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    There's an extreme amount of scientific evidence which shows, very clearly, that decriminalizing drug use would lead to less addiction, less violent crime, less wasted money, and no increase in drug use. And yet our government is BANNING MORE.

    There's evidence that more liberal education systems produce more knowledgeable, capable students. Our government introduced a vast array of education reforms which took us in the EXACT OPPOSITE direction, with seemingly no scientific basis whatsoever.

    There's evidence that mental illness is a huge drain on the economy, and that treating it would increase productivity and save money in the long-term. Our current government has cut mental healthcare mercilessly to save money.

    There's an overwhelming amount of evidence for man-made climate change is real, and a genuine threat to all life on this planet. Our government are investing less in renewables and supporting new, and dangerous, ways of extracting more fossil fuels.

    How are people educated in the top institutions in the country so ignorant, arrogant and closed-minded? How do supposedly intelligent people seem entirely unaware of scientific facts? Maybe it's because they're a product of the very education system that Michael Gove has returned us to.

    Oh, and let's not forget the Tories' most recent shenanigans: amending the contracts for government research grants to effectively censor all scientific research that doesn't back up government policy. Instead of changing our policy to fit reality, we're changing reality to fit our policy. Ludicrous.
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    Why do you make 5 threads on the same subject?
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    Because we have a government with relatively traditional values, they're not going to change anything that's going to seem slightly against what their voters would want.

    It is a real shame to see them **** up so much though; especially the whole legal drug facade.
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    (Original post by JordanL_)
    There's an extreme amount of scientific evidence which shows, very clearly, that decriminalizing drug use would lead to less addiction, less violent crime, less wasted money, and no increase in drug use. And yet our government is BANNING MORE.

    There's evidence that more liberal education systems produce more knowledgeable, capable students. Our government introduced a vast array of education reforms which took us in the EXACT OPPOSITE direction, with seemingly no scientific basis whatsoever.

    There's evidence that mental illness is a huge drain on the economy, and that treating it would increase productivity and save money in the long-term. Our current government has cut mental healthcare mercilessly to save money.

    There's an overwhelming amount of evidence for man-made climate change is real, and a genuine threat to all life on this planet. Our government are investing less in renewables and supporting new, and dangerous, ways of extracting more fossil fuels.

    How are people educated in the top institutions in the country so ignorant, arrogant and closed-minded? How do supposedly intelligent people seem entirely unaware of scientific facts? Maybe it's because they're a product of the very education system that Michael Gove has returned us to.

    Oh, and let's not forget the Tories' most recent shenanigans: amending the contracts for government research grants to effectively censor all scientific research that doesn't back up government policy. Instead of changing our policy to fit reality, we're changing reality to fit our policy. Ludicrous.
    I personally agree that decriminalisation of drugs is a good idea; the problem is that as a nation, we have a far more negative view on drugs than they do in, say, the US. It would be damaging for whichever party agreed to bring it in, and it would be admitting that we have lost the 'war on drugs' - even though everyone has realised this by now.

    I'd be interested to see the evidence that less examinations and less pressure produces better equipped students, which is I presume what you're getting at. Because asian countries like China, Korea, Japan - which regularly top the education charts and punch well above their weight relative to GDP - all feature very rigid, examination based educational systems. Whereas the US and UK, with comparatively liberal educational systems, do much worse than they should.

    The government has cut everything; that's rather the hallmark of austerity. It isn't like mental health services have been singled out, all the NHS services have taken a hit. In fact, I believe that the mental health services have done okay compared to the rest of the NHS.

    The government is currently driving towards a new generation of nuclear power plants to meet our electricity demands and cut down fossil fuel emissions, with the Hinkley Point plan catching a lot of media attention. Currently, nuclear power is the only viable alternative to fossil fuels and only the Greenpeace eco-nuts have a problem with nuclear power. Solar, wind, tidal et al are nowhere close to producing the kind of electricity we'd need to sustain our country.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Why do you make 5 threads on the same subject?
    He clearly feels strong about it
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    Not to mention Big Davey C and his encryption, too.
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    (Original post by JordanL_)
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    The current majority party showed right back in the 2010 election that they are not interested in rational evidence-based policy, but rather arbitrary rules based on nothing by appeals to emotion and ignorant outlooks. See early examples in the election debates for completely simplistic answers to complex problems (drugs cause crime, crime causes drugs; setting an arbitrary limit on immigration; etc.)

    So of course they aren't going to turn around now and start implementing evidence-based policy, but instead some sort of vague guess work I'm guessing they came up with after a visit from a Tarot Card reader and a Psychic.
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    A democracy exists to do the will of the people. Not the will of a small section of the populace called scientists. How is this not obvious?


    Being ruled by (so called) 'science' is just autocracy by another name.


    'Scientific' studies on social issues and other issues contradict each other all the time, anyway. Results can often be interpreted in different ways depending on your bias.
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    {evidence-based policies} ⊈ {policies that are popular}
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    (Original post by JordanL_)
    There's an extreme amount of scientific evidence which shows, very clearly, that decriminalizing drug use would lead to less addiction, less violent crime, less wasted money, and no increase in drug use. And yet our government is BANNING MORE.

    There's evidence that more liberal education systems produce more knowledgeable, capable students. Our government introduced a vast array of education reforms which took us in the EXACT OPPOSITE direction, with seemingly no scientific basis whatsoever.

    There's evidence that mental illness is a huge drain on the economy, and that treating it would increase productivity and save money in the long-term. Our current government has cut mental healthcare mercilessly to save money.

    There's an overwhelming amount of evidence for man-made climate change is real, and a genuine threat to all life on this planet. Our government are investing less in renewables and supporting new, and dangerous, ways of extracting more fossil fuels.

    How are people educated in the top institutions in the country so ignorant, arrogant and closed-minded? How do supposedly intelligent people seem entirely unaware of scientific facts? Maybe it's because they're a product of the very education system that Michael Gove has returned us to.

    Oh, and let's not forget the Tories' most recent shenanigans: amending the contracts for government research grants to effectively censor all scientific research that doesn't back up government policy. Instead of changing our policy to fit reality, we're changing reality to fit our policy. Ludicrous.
    The answer, really, is blindly obvious, people just don't want to see it; THEY DON'T CARE.

    If it wins them votes they'll do it, if it doesn't, they won't. That's it.
 
 
 
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