Recently, Chancellor George Osborne announced an increase in his ‘Bank Levy’ on banks in the City in order to raise an extra £800 million, thus taking the total sum to be ascertained by the government to £2.5 billion. In reaction to this, the City released rather foul rumblings and bitter comments, with an apparent conference due swiftly between heads of the major banks in the City to discuss their official reaction to the levy raise – namely whether to press on with reaching an agreement on lending and bonuses with the government, by the name ‘Project Merlin’, or whether to abandon talks in an effort to ‘throw their toys out of the pram’ to display their anger at recent decisions. The question is therefore raised, on what grounds can the banks, who cost the economy and eventually the taxpayer so much, morally claim any high ground over the government and storm out of talks aimed at making the banks contribute more to the economy they so badly damaged?
Dr Hans-Christian Raabe has disgusting homophobic views. A Christian GP who believes homosexuality is immoral and has even co-written studies linking homosexuality with paedophilia, he was sacked from his role with the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, only two months after being appointed. The Home Office has said that before appointing him they asked whether he had done anything that would prove embarrassing to the government. He had not warned them of this report, soon to become very embarrassing indeed. Dr Raabe and his vile views should be kept away from any position relating to equalities or sexual health, however Dr Raabe was hired to be advising on drugs, not on equalities or sexual health. It is true that he is a homophobe and his description of the gay lifestyle as inherently ‘destructive’ and allegation that gays are more likely to be child molesters is abhorrent and unscientific. However that particular nastiness of his is not relevant to drugs policy. What is relevant to drug policy is that Dr Raabe doesn’t look like he is much of an expert on drugs at all, and so arguably should never have even been hired in the first place.