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23 Jun
A fisk of this article by a Lib Dem MSP, doing the rounds today. In summary, plenty bold statements without any regard to evidence or ethical concerns. scotsman.com/news/opinion/c…
Let’s look at this statement first, on the latest Holyrood proposals. This completely neglects the idea that the laws in these jurisdictions could be problematic. And they are problematic, particularly when it comes to the issue of incremental extension.
In the State of Victoria a year on from introducing assisted suicide Australian academics have already started hacking away at so-called ‘safeguards’. The Victoria law came into effect in June 2019. An academic paper was published in May 2020 (less than a year later) states:
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22 Jun
🧵Some thoughts on Scotland's latest #assistedsuicide proposals.

On Sunday, it was announced that a bill to legalise doctor-assisted suicide in Scotland will be brought before Holyrood. This is hugely dispiriting for those who have opposed this move in recent years.
Assisted suicide - or, as it is euphemistically termed ‘assisted dying’ - has already been comprehensively rejected both by Holyrood and Westminster several times.
The evidence from other jurisdictions, from those working with patients at the end of life, from disabled groups and others always indicates that a change in the law would be too dangerous. Nothing has changed.
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17 Jun

A new Savanta poll has found that 8 in 10 UK adults want the Government to implement age verification controls for access to online pornography.

The same proportion of adults think there should be an age limit of 18 for access to pornography sites.
Read about the full findings here 👇 care.org.uk/news/2021/06/p…
The news comes amidst growing criticism of UK Ministers for failing to implement legislation approved by Parliament in 2017 to usher in age checks and regulation of porn sites.
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11 Jun
🧵The more I read about sexual harassment and 'rape culture' the more it shocks me that so little of it is being attributed to pornography, and so little is being done to curb porn sites and prevent access to porn by impressionable children and young people.
This week, a report by schools' regulator Ofsted found that sexual harassment is 'normalised' among school-age children. 9 in 10 girls interviewed by inspectors reported sexist name-calling and being sent unwanted explicit images "a lot" or "sometimes". bbc.co.uk/news/education…
There were reports of unwanted touching in corridors and of sexual attacks at parties and other social events. The report found that reporting is not encouraged properly, so the real scale of the problem is not known about by school staff.
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11 Jun
NE journos are in line for an award for investigative work on trafficking & modern slavery.

Their work is so important as these things go undetected despite occurring below our noses.

Do buy/subscribe to @thecourieruk today & support great journalism. thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/…
Here are some examples of the findings. thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/…
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9 Jun
Confused by this thread. Isn't possession/prescription of raw cannabis illegal?
Sorry Chris, one more Q. I did a bit of research on this back in 2018 and seem to remember concluding that it is only cannabis-derived products (eg cannabis oils, sprays etc) available for prescription under the new rules, rather than the raw drug itself (as pictured by STV).
The wording in the doc you cite seems to confirm this, stating that Schedule 2 substances include “cannabis-based products for medicinal use in humans”.

Curious to know how raw cannabis (grass) is being prescribed in Scotland. You wouldn’t see this with other drugs (eg heroin).
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