Professor Hamid Ghodse,
International Narcotics Control Board,
Dear Professor Ghodse,
I note with interest your comments that places in the UK like Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester have no go areas because of drugs like the Favelas of Brazil.
Your remarks are offensive, incompetent, ill informed and naive. Put more simply they are absolutely wrong. There are no, ‘no-go’ areas for the police anywhere in Liverpool or in my opinion the UK. There is a strong network of judicial, police, health and social agencies working to control and minimise the risks of drug and other substance abuse in our city. Latest figures show that in a city of 440,000 people there are about 3,000 who need to be worked with at any one time.
If this is the quality of your research what can we expect of any findings from your agency. The UN is supposed to be a respectable and responsible body not an organisation which makes comments up on the back of a fag packet.
I demand that you come to Liverpool to see for yourself how half witted your comments are. If you come you will see the many things that we are doing to protect communities and minimise harm to drug users. Come, Mr Ghodse, and be amazed.
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,
Liverpool Liberal Democrats