A former British senior civil servant, who once ran the anti-drugs unit in the Cabinet Office, has described the present government policy of being tough on drugs as pointless. Julian Critchley says he now believes the best way to reduce the harm caused by drugs is to legalise them.
He clearly spells out that the main obstacle to this is politicians' fear of the tabloid press.
Here's a link to Critchley's BBC audio interview, and here's a link to a fuller BBC report.
What has this to do with Kings Cross? Well, on 21 August, two local residents groups are hosting a community summit to tackle the 'late-night booze fests' and 'alcohol-fuelled violence' that some of them constantly rail about.
Still, some impressive speakers are listed at the 'summit' including Dr Alex Wodak and former KX Superintendent Mark Murdoch. And the meeting seeks "positive, practical, actionable and reasonable controls" as the outcome, which is encouraging.
The meeting is at St John's Church, Darlinghurst, 7.30pm, Thursday 21 August.