Census shows mixed-race on rise as prejudice falls

Dec 9, 2012

From the Sunday papers: from the rise of mixed-raced people to Diane Abbott's vajazzling injury figures…

MIXED-RACE Britons are the country's fastest-growing ethnic-minority group, reports The Sunday Times, citing Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis as a prominent example. New census data shows one million people identify as mixed-race, suggesting there may be many others - but they described themselves as 'white' or 'black'. At the same time, a new poll shows racial prejudice is declining…

THE NUMBER of women suffering intimate injuries as a result of beauty treatments including vajazzles and bikini waxes has risen by almost 50 per cent in the past five years, figures uncovered by shadow Health Secretary Diane Abbott show. Misplaced sequins and cuts caused by slips of the razor are among the reasons for injury, reports The Sun. The injuries are most common among women in their 30s...

LABOUR leader Ed Miliband is ready to make a "high-risk move" and order his party to oppose the Chancellor's latest benefit cuts, reports The Observer. Miliband hopes to kill off plans to impose real-term reductions in income for "millions of the poorest and most vulnerable" despite fears from 'new Labour' figures it will be political suicide. Labour may still vote for the cuts, however, if changes are made to the bill…

MPS ARE "paving the way" to the legalisation of drugs, the Mail on Sunday says. The Commons Home Affairs Select Committee is expected to put pressure on David Cameron to institute a Royal Commission into drugs policy after it concluded that prison sentences for dealing imposed as part of the 'War on Drugs' are not working. The paper thinks the controversial move could signal another Coalition rift…

PRINCE WILLIAM will stay in the armed forces after the birth of his first child in order to give it as normal a life as possible, The Sunday Telegraph claims. Royal-watchers had thought he might move to full-time royal duties after the birth, but the couple want to raise their family "away from the spotlight". The prince is expected to move from being a search-and-rescue pilot to the Household Cavalry…

CLIMATE change talks in Qatar between 195 nations ended with a final 36-hour session producing a historic pledge from rich nations to repair the "loss and damage" incurred on poor nations as a result of global warming. The move was hailed as "highly significant" by Greenpeace. After fierce objections from the USA, plans to set up a new institution to make financial reparations were dropped, says The Observer

OPERATION Yewtree, the police inquiry into sex offences allegedly committed by Jimmy Savile and others, has uncovered claims against at least 25 celebrities, The Sunday Times reveals. At least six arrests are expected in the coming weeks. Several arrests have already been made including five men who police have identified: Gary Glitter, Dave Lee Travis, Max Clifford and producer Wilfred De'ath….

WELL-KNOWN for his own bizarre public pranks, often carried out with a giant mobile phone, comic Dom Joly writes in The Independent on Sunday that he is "desperately sorry" to hear of the apparent suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, thinking "there but for the grace of God go I". But he also feels sorry for the two DJs whose prank call had upset her. They must already be suffering guilt enough. They could hardly have expected their feeble hoax to succeed - and after all, Saldanha was "a nurse not a receptionist", but was still required to answer the phone…

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In addition to the many societal costs of prohibition, it has a long history of driving the spread of harder or more dangerous drugs.

Marijuana to dangerous synthetic concoctions —such as AM-2201, spice, or bath salts.

Poppies to morphine, to heroine, to krokodil.

Coca to cocaine, to crack, to Paco/Kete/Bazuco/Pitillo.

Ephedra to ephedrine, to speed, to methamphetamine.

Mushrooms to ecstasy (MDMA), to PMMA, to 2CB/designers.

At every step the reasons for the rise in popularity of the new form of the drug are one or more of the following:

* It may be easier to smuggle.

* It may be more addictive, thus compelling the buyer to return more frequently.

* It may be cheaper to produce, therefore yielding more profit.

* Like a game of "whack a mole" a shutdown of producers in one area will mean business opportunities for another set of producers with a similar product.