British Deputy Prime Minister Supports Drug Policy Review, Prime Minister Disagrees

Nick Clegg, the British deputy prime minister, has called on the government to consider reviewing its drug policy. Unfortunately for Clegg, Prime Minister David Cameron has already rejected a committee’s recommendation to consider looking at other drug polices such as decriminalization.

Clegg, a Liberal Democrat, has had his fair share of disagreements with the prime minister, and oftentimes he takes the wrong side. This time he has not.

From the BBC:

"We can't be complacent, we owe it to the many many children in this country who still get snarled up by drugs, whose education chances are blighted by drugs, whose health is damaged by drugs, we owe it to them to constantly restlessly look for better ways of dealing with the scourge of drugs," he said.

"After all, this is a war, the war on drugs, in which over 2,000 people are losing their lives in Britain every year, in which one in five 11-15 year olds in this country now say they're trying drugs, where young people now are telling us that it's easier to get hold of drugs than it is to get hold of alcohol or tobacco.

"I think those facts alone suggest that, yes of course we should do the good work that we are doing as a coalition government, but we should also be open-minded enough to look at whatever alternative approaches help us help those children more effectively in the future."

Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition, also opposes drug decriminalization.

A recent poll indicates that 60 percent of Britons support a review of drug policy, as do 59 percent of those who intend to vote for the Conservatives. Considering that Labour is now polling 10 points ahead of the Conservatives and that the Liberal Democrats are polling below parties that don’t have any seats in the House of Commons, it might be worth the prime minister supporting a commission to at least have a look at alternative drug policies. 

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  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    Whoa reason! Hold on! Enough marijuana decrim coverage already or you're going to have to change the name to Hit a Bong and Run Out For Munchies!

  • SIV||

    Feeney You Insensitive CLOD! There was a SCHOOL SHOOTING!

    GET SOME PRIORITIES!

  • Almanian.||

    Why would someone shoot a school? STUPID!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    After all, this is a war, the war on drugs...

    We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!

  • Almanian.||

    We shall smoke in the basement, we shall smoke in the anteroom, we shall smoke on the porches! We shall smoke in the garage, we shall smoke in the bedroom, we shall smoke in the library! We shall never stop smoking!

  • R C Dean||

    From another front on the drug war:

    Massive corruption and arrests in Hidalgo County, TX. Arrests include the police chief's son and the sheriff's son, both of whom are LEOs.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012.....stigation/

  • R C Dean||

    A fine example, BTW, of what an FBI retasked to focus on state and local government lawbreaking would spend most of its time on.

  • Jerryskids||

    "After all, this is a war, the war on drugs, in which over 2,000 people are losing their lives in Britain every year, in which one in five 11-15 year olds in this country now say they're trying drugs, where young people now are telling us that it's easier to get hold of drugs than it is to get hold of alcohol or tobacco."

    Does it say anywhere which side of the war the 2,000 dead and the 11-15 year olds and the young people were on? Should I be sad so many have given so much fighting off the Druggian hordes or cheered by the fact that we have done so much damage to the Druggian army. (Or navy or air force - I'm not actually sure what the Druggian military consists of. Frankly, I couldn't find Drugonia on a map to save my life. If we weren't fighting such a long war with them, I wouldn't even know they existed.)

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