The furore about Bob Ainsworth MPs comments on drugs yesterday was depressing on so many levels.
The first is obviously Bob’s comments themselves. Bob waits till his party is out of power and he is just a backbench MP before making his comments. Jeez – thanks Bob! Not only this, but he believes it’s inevitable that legislation should occur. If only he had got the ball rolling whilst the government was in power, or even just started the debate then. But, of course, he didn’t. What’s the point of our politicians if they don’t do what they think is right, necessary and that could save thousands of lives whilst they are in a position to do so? Yeah, I don’t know either.
The second level of depression is the reaction of all the parties. They couldn’t leap to the phones quick enough to denounce Bob’s views. I’m not sure whether they believe themselves or not. I suspect not. Many MPs went to some of our leading universities so I can’t comprehend that they might think that a policy that has been failing for decades is simply because they weren’t in power. Or the argument that “drugs are dangerous, therefore we should make drugs illegal” can be said with a straight face. That’s really made drugs safer.
The final level of depression is that of hypocrisy. It’s not just that Nick Clegg and David Cameron were quick to distance themselves from alternative ideas for drugs; it’s that they’ve expressed views saying they would do the exact opposite in the past. Liars.
I give up.