Chop chop, good cop!

Legalise all drugs: chief constable demands end to 'immoral laws'
One of Britain's most senior police officers is to call for all drugs – including heroin and cocaine – to be legalised and urges the Government to declare an end to the "failed" war on illegal narcotics. Richard Brunstrom, the Chief Constable of North Wales, advocates an end to UK drug policy based on "prohibition". His comments come as the Home Office this week ends the process of gathering expert advice looking at the next 10 years of strategy...

Mr Brunstrom says: "If policy on drugs is in the 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. Such a strategy leads inevitably to the legalisation and regulation of all drugs."  The chief constable asserts that current British drugs policy is based upon an unwinnable "war on drugs" enshrined in a flawed understanding of the underlying United Nations conventions, and arising from a wholly outdated and thoroughly repugnant moralistic stance. He concludes: "The law is the law. In the meantime, I will continue to enforce it to the best of my ability despite my misgivings about its moral and practical worth."
At last some common sense from a senior police officer. It's the police that have to deal with the consequences of this drugs policy (over 90% of all shoplifting offences, for instance, are carried out to pay for drugs) and this guy should be congratulated for sticking his neck out.

Will the law change? No way. We live in a world where you now can't even buy a cigarette at age 17 and if you could you'd be hard pressed to find somewhere to smoke it legally. It is ironic that the government uses the excuse of 'human rights' (the right to a smoke-free environment at work) to support anti-smoking legislation and yet ignores the basis of all modern drug controls in the West which can be traced directly back to racist hysteria in the United States during the early part of the last century. Firstly aimed against Chinese immigrants and then, later, against ' drug crazed Negroes'. Still today the drug laws are used in the US as a form of racist social control. Passive smoking is verboten. Passive racism, it seems , is fine.