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Eenie, Meanie, Minie, Mo – Drugs Policy? That’ll Be Lib Dem!

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Only now is the depth and breadth of David Cameron’s coup becoming clear.  He has swept aside all the old politics and we voted for exactly what he has given us.  Hail to the Chief!

It’s true that now he can dump those old Tory policies that no one really wanted and we can take the good ones from the Lib Dems –

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none more so than their drugs policy.

The Lib Dems are very, very close to the Transform Drug Policy Foundation which, however it describes itself, promotes a radical right wing solution to the drugs problem – legalise, regulate, tax.

This might seem a second tier, lower priority issue until you consider that most organised crime and virtually all street crime is caused, promoted and maintained by the illegality of drugs.

Legalise all drugs, regulate and tax their supply.  You pull the rug  from under organised crime and you take away the need for nearly all street crime.  You massively reduce the harm caused by drugs.  You take perhaps £10 billion out of the black economy.  You save several billion more on law enforcement costs.

It’s a no brainer for anyone who has the courage and common sense to think about it.  I hope Theresa May is listening – and thinking.

Tories Need Electoral Reform Too

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I would have thought it was obvious after the unsatisfactory result of this election that Tories need electoral reform too.  It should definitely not be a dealbreaker between the Tories and Lib Dems.  In fact, I’ll go further, David Cameron should offer a referendum on the issue – why not?

A redrawing of constituency boundaries so that each seat has the same number of voters would in itself be a more proportional form of representation.  I also think that a fixed term of office would lead to fairer and more sensible government.

David Cameron has an opportunity now to become prime minister and usher in a new, fairer, brighter politics.   If he misses this chance then he will have let down the British people as well as the Tory party and himself.  Brown, at last, thank God, is gone.  At least we can be grateful for that and, yes, eventually, he did find some dignity in his defeat.

A Terrible Result

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This is exactly what we didn’t need.  It is a disaster.  Overwhelmingly I am dismayed that so many Britons have voted for the tired, dishonest, discredited Labour party.  I’m really not sure that I want to live in a country where there are eight million people who can behave like this.

Congratulations to Richard Drax for trouncing Jim Knight here in Dorset South and turning a Labour majority of 1800 into a Tory majority of 7500.  That was exactly the result the whole country needed.  Congratulations also to Caroline Lucas for winning the first ever Green seat.

Two of the blackest, bleakest events:  Ed Balls retaining his seat,  Harriet Harman back on the TV spouting her usual nonsense.

I feel sorry for the Lib Dems.  It is a gross injustice and we are all diminished by their failure to gain more influence.

A terrible result.

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 7, 2010 at 10:24 am