My view of Scotland never recovered from watching Ewan McGregoer jacking up in "Trainspotting". Previously, I thought it was a beautiful little corner of Britain, filled with rolling hills and glens. After Trainspotting, Scotland, and in particular Edinburgh, seemed altogether more sinister.
Since New Labour were elected in 1997, drug deaths in Scotland have doubled. Is this something we can hang on them? Personally, I have always found the government's drug policies totally confusing. It seemed like a sneaky quasi-legalisation followed by an unprincipled retreat when the realized that rampant drug taking might not actually be a good thing.
Just for the record, heroin deaths are up almost 300 percent, alcohol deaths are up 124 percent (yes, the data includes those who drink themselves to death), while ecstasy and diazepam related deaths are down.
Legalize, tolerate or punish? What should it be?