Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Turkeys don't vote for Christmas

Martin Barnes of Drugscope responds to the devastating report from the Science and Technology Select Committee into the drug classification system. Barnes describes the Committee's attack on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) as 'unreasonable' (neglecting to tell us that he is a member of ACMD).
The report includes the phrase: 'we consider the Council’s failure to alert the Home Secretary to the serious doubts about the basis and effectiveness of the classification system at an earlier stage a dereliction of its duty.'
Barnes also tells us that 'there is an opportunity for something better than the "prohibition" versus "legalisation" debate'. A debate on the future of quangos guilty of dereliction of duty perhaps...?

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