HASC questions Release director about cocaine trade


Tuesday 23 June 2009 Mr Saville came to the Home Affairs Committee prepared to have a real discussion about how to effectively respond to cocaine use in the UK and instead the HOC seemed more interested in what was behind Release's 'Nice People Take Drugs' campaign, Mr Saville's past and present cocaine use and if Release was funded by gov money.

Bob Russell MP even went so far as to say that heroin users in the UK are responsible for the death of soldiers in Afghanistan which at best is the type of grandstanding more in keeping with his previous position at a London newspaper, not as a member of a Home Office select committee.

This exemplifies how closed minded so many of our politicians are when it comes to having frank debate on how we can more effectively manage drug use in the 21st century. Certainly this was a missed opportunity.

Watch entire session @ http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=4241

HOC Committee members:

Rt Hon Keith Vaz (Chairman) (Lab) (Leicester East), Tom Brake (Lib Dem) (Carshalton & Wallington), Margaret Moran (Lab) (Luton South), Ms Karen Buck (Lab) (Regent's Park & Kensington North), Mr Gwyn Prosser (Lab) (Dover), Mr James Clappison (Con) (Hertsmere), Bob Russell (Lib Dem) (Colchester), Mrs Ann Cryer (Lab) (Keighley), Martin Salter (Lab) (Reading West), Mr David T. C. Davies (Con) (Monmouth), Mr Gary Streeter (Con) (South West Devon), Mrs Janet Dean (Lab) (Burton), Mr David Winnick (Lab) (Walsall North), Patrick Mercer (Con) (Newark)