The War We Never Fought
The British Establishment's Surrender to DrugsBook - 2012
Peter Hitchens demolishes the arguments for liberalising legislation on drugs and offers a brilliant critique of the cannabis lobby and its intellectual and moral shallowness. Sales points ? Hitchens clears the haze on a controversial topic. Description Again and again British politicians, commentators and celebrities intone that 'The War on Drugs has failed'. This is then used as an argument for abandoning attempts to reduce drug use through the criminal law. Peter Hitchens shows that in Britain, there has been no serious 'war on drugs' since 1971, when a Tory government adopted a Labour plan to implement the revolutionary Wootton report. The special legal status of cannabis as a supposedly 'soft' drug (in fact, Hitchens argues, the threat it poses to mental health makes it at least as dangerous as heroin and cocaine) began a progressive reduction of penalties for possession, effectively disarming the police. This process continues, behind a screen of falsely 'tough' rhetoric from politicians and an official obeisance to international treaty obligations. Hitchens uncovers the secret history of the government's true attitude, contrasting it with the rhetoric. Whatever and whoever is to blame for the undoubted mess of Britain's drug policy, it is not 'prohibition' or a 'war on drugs', for neither exists. About the Author Peter Hitchens is a British journalist, author and broadcaster.
Publisher: London : 2012. Bloomsbury,
Branch Call Number: ANF 363.450941 HITC
Characteristics: xiv, 290 pages : 23 cm