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Politicians’ Negligent Response To The Drugs Debate

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Shamefully Slandered

The Independent in its leader today, says “It is depressing how stale and weary have been the responses” to Bob Ainsworth’s initiative on drug policy reform.  See here.  As with all the media it has failed dismally to point out that he was supported by Peter Lilley, former deputy leader of the Tory party,  Tom Brake from the LibDems and Paul Flynn from Labour.

The BBC, with appalling inaccuracy, stated that  “all three main parties at Westminster remain opposed to legalisation”.  See here. In fact the LibDems’ published policy is “In the longer term, seeking to put the supply of cannabis on a legal, regulated basis”.  It matters little though because almost never has any political party been more irrelevant.   The LibDems now command less respect than the Monster Raving Loonies.

The Most Dangerous Man In Britain

The responses of our political leaders are not just depressing, they are grossly irresponsible and negligent.  James “Broken Britain” Brokenshire is the most dangerous man in Britain and will be responsible for far more death, misery and degradation in our country than any terrorist.  As The Independent says, “such is the hysteria about drugs in Britain that there is no political space for a reasoned debate by those in authority.”  The evidence that the war on drugs is an expensive failure is overwhelming but politicians prefer to waste money and lives rather than grasp this nettle.

The cowardly hypocrites, Cameron and his poodle, sit back while they allow Brokenshire, a preppy-faced apologist for gangsters to oppress, pillage and brutalise our fellow citizens.

Brokenshire is doing all he can to break Britain and British society.

He is a criminal of the first order.

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  1. Not Surprising at all but very very disappointing! As time goes by and i become older, wiser and a lot more cynical after watching numerous political parties ignore the voters wishes once they are in power! It amazes me how they spend millions on PR during elections in an effort to paint themselves as a party different to all others , a party who has ‘the public’s’ interest at the heart of it’s policy making, but once they are in power they are all exactly the same, a bunch of liars!! It so saddens me to realize how we the public seem to actually accept lies in politics as the norm, we a re beginning to expect it, well I think it’s long overdue for things to change and nearly everyone i speak with since the banking crisis is of the same mindset, that being ‘ We are being taken for idiots’ The Gap inbetween ‘Them & Us’ is ever increasing, the comment earlier about the politicians living in their own eden project protected from the trials of real life is very true, it’s as if they live on a totally differnet planet to us because to say that ” legalizing drugs does not reflect public opinion”, is nothing short of ridiculous!!

    I know lots of people that have never tried, thought about it or intend to try recreational drugs but can see that the current government’s ignorant, hard faced, prohibitionist stance on the matter is so out of date and is and will be responsible for many many more deaths and do nothing to end the war on drugs other than to add a few more 000’s to the bank balances of the cartels that are laughing at the stupid, stubborn ignorance displayed by our government!

    The fact that Ministers feel they can’t express their true opinion on such matters is a strong indicator that our current political system and draconian view of proper politics needs a serious overhaul. I am not a child, I do NOT need babysitting by anyone, let alone a pompous privileged, totally out of touch, corrupt fossil of a politician who’s only real issue in life is how to keep hold of his/her rather cushy job!

    The Drug War is killing innocents daily, making criminals richer than governments, harming health, degrading societies and antagonizing communities and turning hard working, tax paying decent citizens into criminals!! Wake UP Cameron!!

    so ashamed to be British when i see the rest of the world waking up to the facts on drug policy while we wallow in the mistakes of the past!!

    Pistils

    December 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    • I know lots of people that have never tried, thought about it or intend to try recreational drugs but can see that the current government’s ignorant, hard faced, prohibitionist stance on the matter is so out of date and is and will be responsible for many many more deaths and do nothing to end the war on drugs other than to add a few more 000′s to the bank balances of the cartels that are laughing at the stupid, stubborn ignorance displayed by our government!

      The fact that Ministers feel they can’t express their true opinion on such matters is a strong indicator that our current political system and draconian view of proper politics needs a serious overhaul. I am not a child, I do NOT need babysitting by anyone, let alone a pompous privileged, totally out of touch, corrupt fossil of a politician who’s only real issue in life is how to keep hold of his/her rather cushy job!

      The Drug War is killing innocents daily, making criminals richer than governments, harming health, degrading societies and antagonizing communities and turning hard working, tax paying decent citizens into criminals!! Wake UP Cameron!!

      so ashamed to be British when i see the rest of the world waking up to the facts on drug policy while we wallow in the mistakes of the past!!

      I have thought this for so long. How can we be run by a Government who do not give a damn about it’s own citizens.

      Paul

      December 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

  2. I owe you an apology Peter. A week or so ago I was critical of you beating up James Brokenshire.

    I was wrong.. He’s a complete jumped up little tosser.

    Nick

    December 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    • I don’t remember that Nick.

      Suffice to say that I am very, very rarely inspired to bop someone on the nose but if there is one preppy, smug, babyface, oleaginous visage that I would like to smear with my fist it’s…

      Peter Reynolds

      December 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm

  3. It’s not a war on drugs, it’s a war on some people who use some drugs.

    Phil

    December 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

  4. I found it a good question when Ainsworth asked how long the government would give this plan.

    Basically Brokenshire said “We’ll give it until the end of government with a yearly review – but legalisation will never be considered as an option”

    This means at the end of the government, where it’s likely the Tories will get a majority government, they can roll out another 5 years of failure because they’ll blame the Lib Dems for holding them back.

    The really frustrating thing was that the only thing being discussed was the efficacy of methadone treatment vs abstinence, as if that is the ONLY issue with drug policy. I’ll give it to them, they certainly know how to obfuscate…

    Sam

    December 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    • Trouble is that when all drugs are disccussed, inevitably and understandably,all discussion is around heroin and cocaine. Cannabis gets overlooked but in some way also suffers from the association.

      I advocate a regulated system with varying degrees of control based on potential harm. If cannabis use was liberalised it would massively reduce the harmsof prohibition in general and free up resources to tackle problematic heroin and cocaine use.

      Peter Reynolds

      December 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm

  5. Why wasn’t Ainsworth this brave whilst in government? I would have had much more respect for him then. I actually agree with a lot of what he says about drugs but he’s now going to blame the new govt for not implementing his ideas when Labour just had 13 years to have a go at this problem.

    jaded

    December 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm

  6. The problem with “Bollocks” Bob Ainsworth coming out with his opinions is that, in the past, so much complete tripe has poured out of his mouth that he is never going to be taken seriously. He can, justifiably, be dismissed as a political ‘has-been’ and consequently be sneeringly dismissed by the new bien penseurs who form our political classes. It’s a bit like an ex-stripper shouting about modesty and decorum.

    Any sensible assessment will inevitably lead to the conclusion that the dogmatic refusal to even encourage some genuine debate is misguided. The medical “evidence” against cannibinoid-related usage is, at best, dubious, and would merit some serious politically-exempt research and peer-review.

    Also needed is a thorough review of just how much time, effort and money is being spent in maintaining the status quo, and being honest about whether it is worth it or even if it is working. Given that a high percentage of all levels of crime can allegedly have its origins traced to ilegal drug supply and usage, then one has to ask why the attendent crime isn’t being sorted out by rationalising the supply chain, rather than leaving it to the criminals to organise, blighting society as a by-product.

    In an ideal world common sense might prevail. Sadly we have the alumni of the Bullingdon Club making the decisions for us. A “good weed” to them is Tatler or other society magazine.

    Watcher

    December 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    • Wise words Watcher.

      Good to hear them from you.

      “The medical “evidence” against cannibinoid-related usage is, at best, dubious, and would merit some serious politically-exempt research and peer-review.”

      Consistently, for well over 100 years, all the research into cannabis has concluded that it is a relatively benign intoxicant that also offers extraordinary medicinal benefits. The reasons for its prohibition are convoluted but essentially dishonest. Endless data is available to prove the ludicrous costs of prohibition.

      You might be interetsted in Law Enforcement Against Prohibition http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php, a significant lobby group in the US.

      No more research is needed. Just an “evidence-based drugs policy”. That is all we require.

      Peter Reynolds

      December 17, 2010 at 11:46 pm

  7. Watcher, you said:

    “Given that a high percentage of all levels of crime can allegedly have its origins traced to ilegal drug supply and usage, then one has to ask why the attendent crime isn’t being sorted out by rationalising the supply chain…”

    Is the assumption that the government’s objective is to reduce levels of crime true?

    Ed

    December 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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