28 Feb 2012

Lord David Hunt – A Chance to Put The PCC Straight

The Daily Mail's "Killed By Cannabis" story about David Norkett's death was part of a rearguard action by Paul Dacre to advances in the war on prohibition. All of informed opinion now sees the Dacre hysteria about cannabis as the nonsense that it is. In response to Sir Richard Branson, the Home Affairs select committee inquiry into drug policy and virtually unanimous editorial opinion elsewhere, the Mail newspapers went on the attack. Peter Hitchens,...

28 Feb 2012

UPDATE On PCC Complaint. The Daily Mail, 25th January 2012

The Press Complaints Commission received 15 complaints about the Daily Mail's story about David Norkett's death. To summarise, its headline said "Killed By Cannabis" even though the coroner said his death wasn't directly related to cannabis. He died because he fell downstairs. Disgracefully, the PCC has decided there was nothing the matter with the article. In doing so it condemns itself as the corrupt, dishonest, laughing stock that it has become. It...

21 Feb 2012

PCC Complaint. The Mail On Sunday, 19th February 2012

----- Original Message ----- From: Peter Reynolds To: [email protected] Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 3:08 PMSubject: Complaint against the Mail on Sunday, issue dated 19th February 2012 Dear Sirs, "I'm glad you have given up cannabis, Paul - maybe you'll think straight now", The Mail on Sunday, 19-02-12 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2103123/PETER-HITCHENS-Im-glad-given-cannabis-Paul--maybe-youll-think-straight-now.html? I make the complaint on my own account but also in...

17 Feb 2012

Leveson Inquiry Witness Statement

The Leveson Inquiry Solicitors Team has at last given me permission to publish my witness statement.The Leveson InquiryWitness statementPeter Reynolds 06-11-11 1. I, Peter John Reynolds of (address supplied), make this statement on my own account but also in my capacity as leader of the UK political party Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR). 2. I am a professional writer with a background as an advertising copywriter and as a journalist. I have been published in many national and specialist...

12 Jan 2012

PCC Complaint. The Daily Mail, 9th January 2012

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Thursday, January 12, 2012 6:15 PMSubject: Complaint against the Daily Mail, issue dated 9th January 2012Dear Sirs, "Frankly they don't give a damn. When will the Government commit to a proper drugs prevention policy?",The Daily Mail, 09-01-12 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2084174/When-Government-commit-proper-drugs-prevention-policy.html I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as the...

12 Jan 2012

UPDATE on PCC Complaint. The Daily Mail, From 2001 To 2011

The original complaint is here. I have been very pleasantly surprised by the PCC's response to this. It is a complaint of a very special kind. Instead of dealing with individual inaccuracies it seeks to expose the Daily Mail's systematic campaign over many years of misinformation, dishonesty, falsification and distortion of evidence concerning cannabis. I expected it to be thrown out as most of the articles are way past the three months since publication that the...

08 Jan 2012

What Does 2012 Hold For The Cannabis Campaign?

Probably quite a lot. I expect to see some significant progress both in the UK and abroad. The campaign has at last moved away from the hopeless hippy image of the past. CLEAR has been instrumental in achieving that in the UK and it means that we are now becoming mainstream. Cannabis is an important issue for everyone, users or non-users, parents, doctors, politicians and, of course, hippies, whether they wear a suit or a...