Journalist and broadcaster Kathryn Dowling discusses the morning headlines in more detail.
Tough Drug Laws Ineffective, Study Finds
An eight month study by the government found no evidence that being ‘tough on drugs’ curbs drug use.
The findings counteract long held popular opinion that harsh penalties on drug use will discourage people from using and breaking the law.
The Home Office report compared British drug use and policy with that of eleven other countries around the world. Of most interest were comparisons with Portugal, where personal use is is decriminalised, and the Czech Republic, who in 2010 introduced criminal penalties for possession.
The report states: “We did not in our fact-finding observe any obvious relationship between the toughness of a country’s enforcement against drug possession, and levels of drug use in that country.” The report is signed off by Theresa May, the Conservative home secretary, and Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat crime prevention minister.
Facebook considers breast feeding picture ‘inappropriate’
Emma Bond, 24, posted a picture of her breast feeding her prematurely born baby on Facebook.
Unsurprisingly, public outcry followed and Facebook republished the photo. The social media giant later announced the removal had been accidentally and is now reassessing its policy on breast feeding pictures and images of women who’ve undergone a mastectomy. The removal of the picture has reignited the debate over breast feeding online.
Brits ‘genetically predisposed’ to be miserable
A study has found that Brits aren’t just miserable because we enjoy a spot of grumpiness – apparently, it’s all down to our genes.
Scientists from Warwick University found Brits, the French and Americans are all born to be miserable.
The gene responsible for serotonin levels in the brain is shorter in these countries, whereas countries where people are happiest have longer genes. Danes were found to be the happiest.