Thursday, 16 December 2010
Wise Words on the 'War on Drugs'
Caroline Chatwin, a drugs policy expert at the University of Kent, said that while it was important for people such as Ainsworth to publicise their support for changes to British drug policy, "it remains regrettable that this public support is unable to be offered by those in a current frontline position".
She added: "Ainsworth states that he is only able to express these views now that he no longer occupies a front line position and Cameron seems to have abandoned his own relatively liberal standpoint on this issue now that he is prime minister. While this suppression of the opinion of those in power continues to be the case, Britain will not be able to participate in an open and honest debate on this subject and will not be able to effect a much needed evidence-based policy."
Unequal power and personal gain, are not suitable bedfellows of democracy.
If that pleases you, also check out: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/may/07/reefermadness