The Daily Record, a Labour-supporting tabloid in Scotland, has organised a march against drugs on 1 April as part of its 'war on drugs' campaign. Brian Souter, the anti-gay millionaire owner of Stagecoach, is supporting the march.
But two members of the Scottish Socialist Party's youth group wrote a letter to the Scottish Herald newspaper exposing the hypocrisy over the 'war on drugs'. 'We are outraged, but not surprised, that the Record would use this crisis in our society as a cynical ploy to increase circulation,' wrote Keef Tomkinson and Jo Harvie.
'The Record's 'Charter Against Drugs' does not differentiate between hard and soft drugs. It would have anyone who is convicted or even suspected of dealing any kind of 'drugs' (we assume it doesn't include tobacco or alcohol) made homeless and their assets confiscated. The charter demands that government money should fund 'anti-drugs HQs in every community to help people campaign to drive dealers out'. We believe that the money would be better spent on reopening community centres closed as a result of massive cuts in council funding under Labour and the Tories. For every heroin-related death that occurs while the politicians and the media spout the same old populist propaganda, they must accept they have blood on their hands.'