We have been engaged in a war against drugs for 30 years. We’re plainly losing it. We have not achieved very much progress. The same problems come round and round. I have frankly conceded that policy has not been working. We are all disappointed by the fact that far from making progress it could be argued we are going backwards at times… The Government has no intention whatever of changing the criminal law on drugs.
– Ken Clarke, Secretary of State for Justice, Home Affairs Select Committee, July 3 2012
Don’t matter who did what to who at this point. Fact is, we went to war, and now there ain’t no going back. I mean, shit, it’s what war is, you know? Once you in it, you in it. If it’s a lie, then we fight on that lie. But we gotta fight.
– Slim Charles, The Wire, series 3, episode 12, ‘Mission Accomplished’
(Thanks: Alex Massie.)