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Simon Jenkins on Britain’s illiberal and senseless drugs policy:

Leaving ecstasy in class A
on the grounds that "there is no such thing as a safe dose" is public
stupidity. On this basis there is no safe alcoholic drink or cigarette.
There is no safe tree, no safe ladder and, according to Smith, no safe
mobile phone. Do we ban trees, ladders and mobiles? Lurking behind them
all is an accident waiting to happen, a terrorist incident, a loss of
state control. Smith’s nostrum may be music to the health and safety
industry, but not to common sense.

Posted 08 Jan 2009 in Blog, Britain, Freedom

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