Nick Clegg: Time to rethink drugs policy

The Sun running a story about the attitude of politicians to drugs reform is fairly commonplace. A Liberal Democrat politician calling for the drugs laws to be reviewed is fairly commonplace. What is however rather less common – and so all the more significant – is for the former to feature the latter in a positive light as LDV mentioned earlier today:

Nick Clegg declared the war on drugs a disastrous failure last night — and demanded that David Cameron plucks up the “courage” to order a major review of Britain’s ageing narcotics laws…

Reforms … most Brits want a review of drug laws and think legalisation could be a solution. A YouGov poll for The Sun found two thirds say current policies have failed — but a fifth oppose looking at all options…

The Deputy PM insisted his call did not make him “soft”. And he claimed powerful allies in his call for change — including ex-MI5 boss Baroness Manningham-Buller and ex-deputy chief of MI6 Nigel Inkster. Mr Clegg said: “It’s not just me. The Association of Chief Police Officers say we must update our approach.”

Here’s the BBC’s coverage of the story, followed by an interview with myself:

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