Monday’s Telegraph carries some details from a new YouGov poll for the Telegraph and RSA. The poll suggests that over 90% of people think that drugs are a serious problem today, although 39% of people think that the problem is largely confined to certain neighbourhoods and kinds of people.
The Conservative party has criticised the government’s lack of clarity in its drugs classification system, and has called for any new system to give strong and effective guidance.
’Flip-flopping’ ministers accused of making a shambles of possession legislation
DRESSED in khaki pants and a sweatshirt, the chairman of Israel’s pro-marijuana Green Leaf party takes a drag from his cigarette.
A Witham man has led a delegation from the Legalise Cannabis Alliance (LCA) to meet Home Secretary Charles Clarke to talk about drugs policy.
RADICAL libertarian ideas - including legalising drug-taking - should be at the heart of policies aimed at reviving the Tories’ electoral fortunes in Scotland, according to a new book endorsed by Annabel Goldie, the party’s leader.
Pro-cannabis campaigners have criticised Home Secretary Charles Clarke for refusing to respond to their invitation to attend their conference - again.
Responding to Charles Clarke’s comments regarding the classification of cannabis today, Martin Barnes, Chief Executive of DrugScope said:
PRESSURE on Charles Clarke to change cannabis back to a Class B drug eased significantly yesterday when the Conservatives abandoned their campaign for reclassification.
Commenting on Home Secretary Charles Clarke’s comments that he is ‘very worried’ about recent evidence of a strong link between cannabis and mental illness, Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said:
DAVID Cameron was yesterday branded"irresponsible"for saying ecstasy should be downgraded.
Voting finally gets underway this weekend in the Conservative leadership contest, after a TV debate between the two contenders last night returned the spotlight to the drugs issue.
’Top Tory, coke and the hooker” said the front page of yesterday’s News of the World. It sounded lurid stuff, but the reality did not quite live up to its billing. The story was based on a 12-year-old photograph of George Osborne, now the shadow chancellor and David Cameron’s campaign manager, with a woman known as Mistress Pain, who was, at the time, the girlfriend of one of his friends.
Whatever he did when he was a student, speculation over Cameron and drugs has obliterated his rivals
The Cameron drugs saga has been more entertaining than enlightening
David Cameron has survived unscathed a week of relentless questions about whether he had ever taken illegal drugs, his supporters claimed before the first round of voting for the Tory leadership tomorrow.
Labour wants Davis, and the Tories are helping, says Peter Preston
The drugs furore is a compelling trial of whether the untested David Cameron has the character to be a successful leader
“We know of no spectacle so ridiculous,” Lord Macaulay famously said, “as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.” We seem to be in the middle of a particularly absurd one right now.
Admitting a youthful dalliance with soft drugs has almost become a rite-of-passage for Britain’s politicians in recent years.
He may not yet be the frontrunner. He may be untried, untested, inexperienced and oh so very young. But he is the one challenger above all others who has sprinkled stardust on the race for the Tory leadership.
David Cameron, the bookies’ favourite for the Tory leadership, has backed away from the hard-line anti-drugs policy championed by the Conservative Party at the last general election.
Tory leadership contender David Cameron has refused to say whether he took drugs as an undergraduate, dismissing questions by saying he had “a normal university experience”.