Friday, 6 December 2013

So Should We Legalize Drugs, Nigella?

       There had to be some explanation for Nigella Lawson's awful cooking. The scrambled eggs with chilli, the Christmas cake flavoured with chocolate, the curry with everything out of the cupboard tipped into it and the trifles that just looked like a pile of dog-food on a platter. Now we know  - she was off her head on illegal substances. No wonder, married to a brute who tries to strangle her and then lies about it afterwards. If that's how he treats her in a public place, we can only imagine how he treated her in private.
       Nigella lost her first husband to cancer, and while she may be highly paid she is also under all the pressure of women on TV to go on looking young and beautiful forever. That is deeply unfair. Just look at the hairy bikers  - they think they have a right to be fat, scruffy and hideous because they are male. Nigella has behaved with great dignity in the ordeal by media that she has undergone.
       Just how widespread is drug abuse in modern Britain and could it explain more than Nigella's weird and sloppy cooking? Not long ago, tests found traces of cocaine in the drains leaving the building of the House of Commons. That is conclusive proof that people paid to run this country are high on psychedelic drugs while supposedly working. Our smug, useless political class is as bad as the Rev. Paul Flowers. Drug abuse can cut people off from reality  - that, in fact, is its main purpose - and could be one reason why our nation is going down the tubes so rapidly. We are like water gurgling down a plughole. In the last generation, we have given away our national sovereignty, sold off most of our assets, run our education system into the ground, made a huge mess of the NHS and exported most of our own jobs. We have run down our defence forces and run up astronomical debt. Pictures circulate on Facebook of a certain Mr Gideon a.k.a. George cuddling a hooker and surrounded by tell-tale signs of chemical stimulant. If drug abuse is endemic in universities and now the norm rather than the exception, that could account for a lot.
    All libertarians believe that narcotics should be legalized. They just hesitate because to do so would "give the wrong messages". Legalization sounds like condoning drugs. It would encourage youngsters to feel that there was nothing wrong or dangerous about class A drugs. But I am starting to think that the present policy has failed so visibly that society needs to try another approach, If, by legalizing cocaine and the likes, we could then tax them and use the revenue to help cope with the health and social consequences, would that eventually be a better solution? After all, that is what we do with tobacco. Most of the price now is tax and the Inland Revenue makes a profit over and above what smoking costs the NHS in health care bills. There are those who argue that if drugs were legalized, the prices would plummet and a lot of them might actually go out of production.
     At present we have the nonsensical situation of the NHS actually supplying people with drugs that are supposedly illegal, in order to stop them committing crimes to buy them from dealers. There are all kinds of problems and complications here. There are as we know cold-blooded types who supply drugs to teenagers to get them into a life of crime and prostitution. I am not suggesting we take a soft line on that or legalize every abuse. It's just that our present policies, which cost millions to impose, do not look like a resounding success when every week there seem to be more and more revelations of the everyday use of narcotics that are supposedly banned.  And if a policy is not working , we should at least consider whether it needs to change.
>>  I am pleased to see that the English Democrat Party has got a sane and sensible policy on drug control that includes compulsory treatment and rehabilitation for any addicts who are found to be committing crimes to fund their addiction. 

"2.14 Drugs and Alcohol
2.14.1 English Democrats believe that government should encourage a healthy lifestyle which makes the minimum use of "recreational" drugs of all kinds and only reasonable use of alcohol. The Government's drug policy is failing to control the use of illegal drugs and its alcohol policy appears to be making the problems worse.
2.14.2 The English Democrats favour an independent and open minded, English enquiry into alcohol and drug abuse. This should consider, amongst other issues, the pros and cons of legalising the use of cannabis and its health and social consequences. The enquiry should consider health and social consequences. We recognise that there are good arguments on either side. What is needed is a proper conclusion to the debate for England so that it is possible to move on with an agreed stance and suitable measures.
2.15.3 It is clear that the current policies for dealing with problems of addiction are not working adequately and there is an ever rising tide of criminality arising from, in particular, drug abuse. Addiction problems are very difficult to solve and require careful analysis. One particularly frustrating aspect of addiction is that family and friends are often aware of the plight of the addicted person but unable to do what is best for them. One area of reform should be greater provision for addicts to be subject to compulsory treatment in secure care.
2.15.4 All those who commit criminal offences whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol should be subject to compulsory assessment and if found to be addicted should immediately be taken into such care.
2.15.5 The most important aspect of the fight against drug dealing criminals is that any policy should seek to destroy their market, protect the public, and punish offenders.
2.15.6 The English Democrats intend to raise gaol sentences for drug dealing in Class A drugs graduating from a fixed five year term as a minimum doubling it for any subsequent re-offence.
2.15.7 Registered Class A drug addicts will be placed in secure drug rehabilitation schemes rather than sent to prison, where active participation in the detoxification programme will be a requirement of their sentence. Failure to comply with the detoxification programme may result in secure custody within a prison environment as per a graduated tariff based on previous antecedence.
2.15.8 Addicts with children will be put on the 'at risk' register and custody of children will be dependent on an addict's ability to detoxify. Addicts failing to successfully complete detoxification will not have their children returned to them, the rights of the children must be paramount and either familial custody or foster parents will be sought until detoxification has been completed. The return of children will be conditional on regular detoxification checks.
2.15.9 Addicts wishing to seek help for their addiction will be registered at a specific medical centre, one which is outside of the GP network.
2.16.10 The government will provide a dedicated County based Drug Management Service for those who are addicted to Class A drugs. Registration as a drug addict will require regular visits to the centre under a personally structured drugs management programme.
This might include:
2.16.10.1Maintenance doses of drug to which the person is addicted whilst awaiting to attend a detoxification scheme
2.16.10.2 Provision of supervised medical care and clean syringes to minimise contamination & safe disposal.
2.16.10.3 Maintenance doses for repeatedly defaulting addicts
2.16.10.4 Family Health Visitor Sessions - to ensure children of ex addicts are thriving
2.16.10.5 Employment/Training/Housing referrals and counselling
2.16.10.6 Those who commit criminal offences, and who are found to be using drugs, will be expected to prove that they were not funding their drug use by their criminal activity. Those who fail to do so will be placed on a drug's rehabilitation programme and will be detained until they have been free of drug use for 6 months. Upon release, they will be monitored to ensure that they remain drug free and will be re-detained if they fail to do so."

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