French TV show attacked by ministers for educating society in drug use
Do you know the difference between hash and green? Well if you don't, watch 'Plus belle la vie' and all will be explained. Dubbed 'dope for dummies' by me, myself and I, it seems essential viewing for anybody unable to make this essential distinction. Danièle Jourdain-Menninger, president of France's interministerial committee against drug use, disputed the educational value of the programme, which was seen by 5 million people. In the episode, which was aired 3 March, a youngster teaches his step-mother to distinguish between different types of cannabis.
Read on le Monde on 12/3/2014
The vows of Manuel Valls
Racist British soldier spared prison because he was 'raised a racist'
Teenage British soldier, Warren Butler, 19, posted a racist Facebook hate message about a Pakistani toddler murdered in Edinburgh. His Facebook status, "F****** LOL to that p*** found dead", provoked outrage, but a court spared him a jail term because he was raised racist by his parents, and can therefore not be held fully accountable for his racism. Accepting this kind of deterministic defence seems like a dangerous can of worms to open. Where does it stop? Surely everyone's behaviour is a product of their upbringing to some extent?
Read on Daily Mail 12/3/2014