Friday, June 15, 2007

The Pause That Refreshes?

British socialite says good men are hard to find these days:

The evening had been great. The wine had flowed, the conversation was effortless, and the man sitting opposite me in a London pub extremely handsome.

As a first date, it could hardly have been better. But at the back of my mind was a nagging question.

Steeling myself, I brought up the subject of drugs, and how I'd sworn never to date a cocaine user again.

His face fell. With just one look, I knew it was over before it began. But this wasn't any rock star, a model or even someone in the media - the stereotypical cocaine users. No, he was just a goodlooking builder. Hardly the glamorous type.

But I wasn't surprised to discover he had a habit. Over the past few years, I've come to realise cocaine is not just a problem in the well-documented 'showbiz' circles of the capital, but across every class and occupation in Britain.

In light of which, this might not be the route they want to go down:

The row over smacking children has been reopened today as the Government announced a review of the law less than three years since MPs rejected an outright ban.

Children's minister Beverley Hughes said parents and professionals would be consulted this summer over how present rules were working.

Restrictions were toughened in 2004 to prevent anyone claiming they had administered a "reasonable punishment" if it left visible bruising.

....Last month Britain's four child commissioners called for a total ban, insisting there was was "no room for compromise" on the issue.

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