HOME AFFAIRS – RECLASSIFICATION OF CANNABIS – 19 January 2006

Dr Julian Lewis: Is it not obvious that the Home Secretary [Charles Clarke] is deeply uncomfortable with the statement that he has made, and that if he had been Home Secretary when the decision to reclassify was taken, he would not have made the decision that his predecessor did? Is it not also obvious that he has secured some sort of deal with his colleagues in the Cabinet that, in return for taking the decision not to upgrade the classification again, he can try to get round the problem by addressing the whole issue of classification? He is a loyal team player, but he is letting down the people who ought to be able to depend on him to say what he really believes.