Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Chief Constable of North Wales: "Legalise all drugs"

Following on from DK's comments on the government's consultation on drug law, here's Richard Brunstrom, the Chief Constable of North Wales as reported in The Independent:
In his radical analysis, which he will present to the North Wales Police Authority today, Mr Brunstrom points out that illegal drugs are now cheaper and more plentiful than ever before.

The number of users has soared while drug-related crime is rising with narcotics now supporting a worldwide business empire second only in value to oil. "If policy on drugs is in future to be pragmatic not moralistic, driven by ethics not dogma, then the current prohibitionist stance will have to be swept away as both unworkable and immoral, to be replaced with an evidence-based unified system (specifically including tobacco and alcohol) aimed at minimisation of harms to society," he will say. [...]

He argues that prohibition has created a crisis in the criminal justice system, destabilised producer countries and undermined human rights worldwide. By pursuing a policy of legalisation and regulation, he concludes, the Government will "dramatically reduce drug-related criminality and will enable significant funds to be transferred from law enforcement to harm reduction and treatment procedures that are known to work."
Evidence based policy? There's a thought.

Based on Gordon Brown's conference speech, we can assume the government's position is to pump more resources into the current system. The Tory position voiced by David Davis is little more sophisticated, easily summarised as "catch more drug dealers using more police" (buh) though there is at least emphasis on expanding rehabilitation centres.

That said, both parties adopt the standard simplistic picture of drug use: either you're a dangerous criminal, or someone who needs medical help.

Except if you smoke or drink, and then you're not.

Unless you're middle class and drink too much wine, and then you are again. I hope that's clear.

5 comments:

Newmania said...

Yes this is the same loon that wats to throw you inside for life for speeding and then film you having sex in your own home.

You are so so very wrong about drugs .

On happier note I expect you have noticed they are dearing up for the Lisbon shenanigans. I do wish DK , you could be persuaded to look at Polly Toybee`s Pro Europe tract from yesterday and grant a grateful public your thoughts . It was called ...don`t let these crazies get us kicked out ...or something

Pogo said...

It's a shame that the twat doesn't take the same clear-headed approach to his fucking speed-cameras!

Devil's Kitchen said...

Newmania,

I shall indeed be commenting on Toynbee's fatuity.

BD,

Nice post. And that's absolutely clear. As mud.

DK

Newmania said...

Oh goody...

Anonymous said...

If drugs are legal why should we shell out taxpayer money on "harm reduction programs"?

If drugs are a personal choice, and preventing people taking them is an act of oppression, then druggies can just take them and go fucking crawl in a ditch and die. Why should I subsidise efforts to make people immune to the consequences of their (legal) actions?