Sunday, July 22, 2007

Cabinet guffaws at the law

"When the gambling laws were liberalised and off-course betting permitted in the 1960s, moral conservatives were appalled at such sin being sold in every high street. Yet betting shops, regulated to prevent advertising and exclude minors, wiped out a chunk of criminal activity. Likewise legalising drug outlets and treatment centres is the only way to regulate and thus try to limit drug use and reduce its penumbra of massive criminality." —Simon Jenkins

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