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October 24, 2008

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Paul Flynn

Thanks John.

Your comments are always appreciated and speak for themselves. I am on trail of evidence based policies in Lisbon today

John

Whoops sorry Paul about the replicate posts it was taking ages to post so kept stopping and trying again, thinking it was my internet connection causing the non posting.

John

Quote
"The telling confession by Peter Lilley, that he would never be a Home Office Minister because he is in possession of an intelligent view on drugs, is revealing. The ignorant amateurs run governments. Peter wrote a splendid booklet on drugs that I congratulated on at this session. Yet if Peter’s policy is enacted it would reduce all drug harm, save lives and money and cut the pressure on prisons"

Just about says it all Julian Critchleys revelation that noone in Government privately really believes Prohibition is working but they carry on anyhow just shows the corruption and hypocrisy at work in our policy on drugs.I think for politicians to admit this truth would mean an admission that the country has been lied and misled on this issue and the Policies that sucessive Governments have enacted have actaully caused lost lives that otherwise should not have been lost. I feel that is going to take a cross party lobby of brave moral MP's to bring this issue to the fore.No such moral politician seemingly inhabits the front bench at the moment and they will never admit this generational error of judgement.But they should be held morally accountable when this inevitabe change occurs. Prohibition is a failed policy.

Just a note Paul on Radio 4 this wednesday from 20.00 to 20-45 the Radio 4 series Iconoclasts has Dr Blackmore discussing this very subject

Prohibition of drugs and alcohol doesn't work

Wednesday 29 October 2008

The psychologist and writer Dr Susan Blackmore challenges what she calls the intellectual dishonesty of those calling for outright prohibition without mentioning the benefits and pleasures which give drug users the incentive to break the law and buy drugs. "Just Say No" she says "has been a disaster for drug policy and would be a disaster for alcohol policy as well. We know what kids are like - tell them not to do something and at least some of them will rush right out and do it. With alcohol this matters; it's a potentially harmful drug and we need to teach people how to use it positively rather than misuse it."

from here
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/programmes/iconoclasts/

John

Quote
"The telling confession by Peter Lilley, that he would never be a Home Office Minister because he is in possession of an intelligent view on drugs, is revealing. The ignorant amateurs run governments. Peter wrote a splendid booklet on drugs that I congratulated on at this session. Yet if Peter’s policy is enacted it would reduce all drug harm, save lives and money and cut the pressure on prisons"

Just about says it all Julian Critchleys revelation that noone in Government privately really believes Prohibition is working but they carry on anyhow just shows the corruption and hypocrisy at work in our policy on drugs.I think for politicians to admit this truth would mean an admission that the country has been lied and misled on this issue and the Policies that sucessive Governments have enacted have actaully caused lost lives that otherwise should not have been lost. I feel that is going to take a cross party lobby of brave moral MP's to bring this issue to the fore.No such moral politician seemingly inhabits the front bench at the moment and they will never admit this generational error of judgement.But they should be held morally accountable when this inevitabe change occurs. Prohibition is a failed policy.

Just a note Paul on Radio 4 this wednesday from 20.00 to 20-45 the Radio 4 series Iconoclasts has Dr Blackmore discussing this very subject

Prohibition of drugs and alcohol doesn't work

Wednesday 29 October 2008

The psychologist and writer Dr Susan Blackmore challenges what she calls the intellectual dishonesty of those calling for outright prohibition without mentioning the benefits and pleasures which give drug users the incentive to break the law and buy drugs. "Just Say No" she says "has been a disaster for drug policy and would be a disaster for alcohol policy as well. We know what kids are like - tell them not to do something and at least some of them will rush right out and do it. With alcohol this matters; it's a potentially harmful drug and we need to teach people how to use it positively rather than misuse it."

from here
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/programmes/iconoclasts/

John

Quote
"The telling confession by Peter Lilley, that he would never be a Home Office Minister because he is in possession of an intelligent view on drugs, is revealing. The ignorant amateurs run governments. Peter wrote a splendid booklet on drugs that I congratulated on at this session. Yet if Peter’s policy is enacted it would reduce all drug harm, save lives and money and cut the pressure on prisons"

Just about says it all Julian Critchleys revelation that noone in Government privately really believes Prohibition is working but they carry on anyhow just shows the corruption and hypocrisy at work in our policy on drugs.I think for politicians to admit this truth would mean an admission that the country has been lied and misled on this issue and the Policies that sucessive Governments have enacted have actaully caused lost lives that otherwise should not have been lost. I feel that is going to take a cross party lobby of brave moral MP's to bring this issue to the fore.No such moral politician seemingly inhabits the front bench at the moment and they will never admit this generational error of judgement.But they should be held morally accountable when this inevitabe change occurs. Prohibition is a failed policy.

Just a note Paul on Radio 4 this wednesday from 20.00 to 20-45 the Radio 4 series Iconoclasts has Dr Blackmore discussing this very subject

Prohibition of drugs and alcohol doesn't work

Wednesday 29 October 2008

The psychologist and writer Dr Susan Blackmore challenges what she calls the intellectual dishonesty of those calling for outright prohibition without mentioning the benefits and pleasures which give drug users the incentive to break the law and buy drugs. "Just Say No" she says "has been a disaster for drug policy and would be a disaster for alcohol policy as well. We know what kids are like - tell them not to do something and at least some of them will rush right out and do it. With alcohol this matters; it's a potentially harmful drug and we need to teach people how to use it positively rather than misuse it."

from here
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/programmes/iconoclasts/

Graham Marlowe

If David Blunkett worked too hard I(assuming they meant at his job and not at his love life), I wonder why John Reid was so cutting about the mess he had to clear up from DB?. Some of the cabinet members really seem to hate each others guts!

Mind you, I think many of us feel just as bad about them. I was delighted to see (I hope you were too, Paul) how unhappy defence minister Hutton looked on his visit to "cheer up" the troops last week. Like a bulldog chewing a wasp. I am sure he would rather have been hob-nobbing with leading figures in the CBI!

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