Deputy prime minister says politicians know ‘war on drugs’ is failing and prime minister must show courage over issue
Divisions between David Cameron and Nick Clegg over Britain’s “war on drugs” emerged on Friday after the Liberal Democrat leader said that current policy was not working and accused politicians of “a conspiracy of silence”.
Committing his party to pledging a major review of how to tackle the drug problem in its 2015 election manifesto, Clegg claimed Britain was losing the war “on an industrial scale”. He said Cameron should have the courage to look at issues such as decriminalisation or legalisation of drugs.
Clegg threw his weight behind the report from the Commons home affairs select committee earlier this week that recommended that a royal commission look at such options.
“In politics, as in life, you can’t keep on doing something that does not work,” said Clegg, in an interview with the Sun. “You can’t keep making the same mistakes.
“If you were waging any other war where you have 2,000 fatalities a year, your enemies are making billions in profits, constantly throwing new weapons at you and targeting young people – you’d have to say you are losing and it’s time to do something different.”
By James Meikle
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