The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Sunday, February 13, 2005
War on Drugs: now its moral blackmail for the toffs!
In sophisticated Metropolitan circles, it's perfectly comme il faut to take a line or two of cocaine rather than a liqueur after dinner. And no danger of Plod poking his nose in either!
The new line from HMG is an attack on social consciences:
Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell has called for people to reject cocaine in the same way they snubbed South African wine during apartheid.
An analogy faulty on its face: the bien-pensant who shunned the Cape grape had a world of substitutes available. Whereas the cokehead has no idea of the provenance of his powder, and there cannot exercise consumer choice to the desired end.
And - that South African wine was a legal purchase. Whereas mere possession of cocaine rates a maximum seven year jail term .
(Clearly, the suggestion is that users change their source, rather than desist from their habit. A striking Realpolitik going a good deal further than Bonker Blunkett's reclassification of cannibis as a Class C drug.)
Rammell's scheme seems foredoomed; but at least it's cheaper and a lot less embarrassing for the gringo than Plan Colombia.
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