I see that Sir Ian Gilmore, outgoing President of the Royal College of Physicians, has bravely decided to say something useful upon his resignation:
Decriminalising drug use could drastically reduce crime and improve health, the outgoing president of the Royal College of Physicians has said.
Sir Ian Gilmore said the laws on misuse of drugs should be reviewed and that their supply should be regulated.
He says he formed his view after seeing the problems caused by dirty needles and contaminated drugs first hand in the patients he has treated.
He’s been seeing this for how many years and now that he has no political patronage to lose any more, he suddenly finds the courage to speak out?
It’s almost as remarkable as all the generals who, upon retirement, suddenly notice that politicians have left the men on the ground ill-equipped. Or civil servants who, upon retirement, suddenly notice that their departments have been badly run. Or spymasters who, upon retirement, suddenly realise that there were no real grounds for going to war in Iraq.
These people are then fêted as heroes for “speaking truth to power”, whereas they are merely cowardly stooges who have known for years or decades that the system they have been serving for their own aggrandizement is wrong, but have stilled their qualms in order to maximise their earnings and their pensions and are now trying to assuage their own consciences.
Why is it that these “heroes” never speak up when they are in a position to actually address the problem?