There is a certain familiarity to the words used by Bob Ainsworth, the former Labour Home Office and latterly Defence Minister, who has announced his conversion to the belief that possession of all drugs should be decriminalised.
“Prohibition has failed to protect us,” he said. Billions of pounds are being spent on enforcement policies “without preventing the wide availability of drugs.”
“Leaving the drugs market in the hands of criminals causes huge and unnecessary harm to individuals, communities and entire countries.
“We must take the trade away from organised criminals and hand it to the control of doctors and pharmacists.
“It is time to replace our failed war on drugs with a strict system of legal regulation to make the world a safer, healthier place.”
The words sound familiar to me because, in speeches and in articles over the past decade and more, I have used them all myself.
It’s a pity that they are expressed now only by a FORMER Home Office minister. The emperor is not wearing any clothes, but his serving ministers never dare say it.