This week, I called on the Home Secretary to review the discriminatory consequences of the failing war on drugs.
The ongoing Tory leadership contest has led to a series of admissions from senior Conservative MPs.
While these revelations provide ample content for headline writers, they also reveal the hypocrisy at the heart of the Government’s war on drugs. Tory Ministers confidently discuss their personal drug-use without fear of punishment and yet their own Government remains committed to a policy of strict criminalisation.
As Stephen Bush has written: “It cannot be right that Michael Gove should face no consequences for his own past actions but that other people have their lives ruined by the war on drugs.”
The Government needs to adopt a drug policy that is based on evidence and properly supports those trying to recover from addiction. Until it does, Tory Ministers may escape drug charges but still leave themselves open to the charge of hypocrisy.