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Protect Our Patients Campaign (urge your MP to support prescription of cannabis by General Practitioners), Early Day Motion 1410)

A word to those who say 'I'm not interested in politics'

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The campaign (see below) responds to an Early Day Motion (EDM) raised by Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP. Though this was raised in 2023, I was told by the Tabling Office that they remain valid for the parliamentary term, so your MP can show support right up to dissolution of Parliament before whenever the General Election turns out to be.

A word to those who say 'I'm not interested in politics'

For my sins I've been interested in politics since I was quite young, studying it at GCSE and 'A' level, and I've lost count of the number of times people have said that they're not interested in politics to me. But in no instance was that actually true in that they all had opinions about potholes in the road or local libraries closing down or not being able to get a doctor's appointment or whatever. Whether addressed on a local level or from Westminster, these things, everything that affect the way our lives and society runs, is very much politics. What they actually meant is that they didn't follow or trust politicians. I'm exceptionally lucky in that I have a Member of Parliament who actually acts, listens and appears to hold similar beliefs to my own, but I totally share the lack of faith in the system itself, not least because being stuck in this perpetual First Past The Post hell where we swing (not often enough in my view) between being governed by two, and only two, diametrically opposed parties. However, rubbish system it might be, but it's the only one we have, so in my view, we have to try if we want to see change. The government makes the laws after all, and other Members of Parliament should be representing their constituents to shape how they think that should happen. One last point worth making is that the War On Drugs is not party political and both the major parties continue to support prohibition (against advice from experts, I might add).

Updated February 2024