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The war on drugs is aimed at the wrong culprits, based on the flimsiest information-and largely ineffective. Drugs are in any case a minor problem compared to other plagues afflicting mankind. Europe must not be sucked into this US-driven obsession

How can I put this diplomatically to our newly appointed drugs tsar, Chief Constable Keith Hellawell? It is pretentious vanity of governments, international agencies or private lobbies to seek to suppress the supply of narcotics. They might as well attempt to reverse the oceans’ tides. They are wasting their time and our money in a chimerical operation riven by double standards. The supply of narcotics to those who want them and are prepared to pay for them is impossible to stop; the effort to mobilise the world in a “war on drugs” is ridiculous, particularly while so little is done…

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