Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Brown would like to be seen as tough on something - so he picked drugs

It seems Gordon Brown desperately wants to engineer some ‘tough’ sound bite publicity, presumably to counter his less than 'tough and decisive' image built up by his failure in the real world.

He wants to show a tougher line on drugs and is planning to reclassify cannabis as a class B drug – so anyone caught with it could face five years pokey and unlimited fines.

He ordered a review by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and let it be known he wanted a toughening of the drugs laws.

So effectively the review is window dressing.

He has ‘let it be known’ what result he expects the review to provide - but Whitehall sources have confirmed that even if the Advisory Council's study does not support him, he is likely to order Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, to override the recommendation and go ahead with reclassification to class B anyway.

Excellent Government and science that, why bother with any actual facts, or evidence, just do what you want anyway.

So why waste the undoubtedly large sums of taxpaying citizens cash on it if the result is only window dressing? Clearly his stance is fuelled entirely by a desire to improve his image politically and control the citizenry, rather by what might be for the best, what might work, the big picture, or ever allowing individual choice.

Brown betrays his dictatorial nature yet again.


M said...

It's just typical New Labour idiocy, yes let's put all the stoners in jail for 5 years, because they're risking mental health problems, and to free up some space in the prisons we'll let out some murderers, rapists, arsonists, child abusers and thieves; that'll really protect society!

CFD Ed said...

"Talking tough on crime, talking tough on the causes of crime" ;-)

I don’t suppose it matters if it makes sense to GB, just that it sounds good for long enough.