So let the music play. People from around the world have been arriving in the city over the past few days for the fabulous Leeds Festival. Let’s hope the weather stays fine and the bands are on form.
So let the music play. People from around the world have been arriving in the city over the past few days for the fabulous Leeds Festival. Let’s hope the weather stays fine and the bands are on form. Let’s hope, also, that every one one of the tens of thousands of people who attend stay safe.
Earlier this year the The Association of Independent Festivals launched a new campaign to highlight the dangers of so-called ‘legal highs’ at festivals and it is good to see the Leeds Festival website pulling no punches in terms of warning how it will deal with individuals found in posession of banned substances - ‘legal’ or otherwise. The Government announced in May that it would be introduce a blanket ban on the production and supply of all legal highs. A noble intent - but impossible to police, surely, as savvy manufacturers quickly replace one outlawed substance with another new invention. The message has to come from the bottom up too.
Young Britons are the biggest consumers of legal highs in Europe and sadly this appetite appears to remain undiminished by the risks: in 2013, there were 173 deaths from legal highs in England, Wales and Scotland a figure that rose from 99 the previous year. We can only hope that the message soon starts to hit home.
Enjoy the festival folks but be sensible and look after yourselves. We don’t want a tragedy on our front page come Monday.
Millionaires in a world of need
CLEARLY the economic recovery has made a more significant difference for some than it has for others - 200,000 new millionaires have been created in Britain in just five years, with Leeds having the fifth highest number outside the capital. One in 65 adults in the UK is now classed as having a seven-figure fortune. And yet as a nation we can’t afford to house people, educate them, look after them when they’re in need. Funny old world. Or not so funny.