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Norman Baker’s resignation is a sad day for intelligent policy making in Government

November 4, 2014 11:15 AM
By Leon Duveen - PPC Bassetlaw
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

It was with deep sadness I learnt last evening of Norman Baker's resignation as a Home Office Minister. During the last year while he has been in the job, he has worked hard to make sure that policy in that Department has been based on good research and evidence, not just on what gets a good headline in The Daily Mail. Even with the wholehearted support of Nick Clegg, it seems that Norman found trying to make rational, thoughtful decisions based on evidence has no place in the Home Office under Theresa May.

Norman BakerThe much delayed (by Theresa May and David Cameron) report on drugs policy is a good case in point. Even most MPs who spoke in the Common's debate on the issue agreed with the report's conclusion that there needs to be a fresh approach to tackling drug addiction that focused on helping the addicts and putting those who peddle the drugs behind bars. However May and Cameron (and Labour's Miliband and Cooper for that matter) were too scared of bad headlines in the right wing popular press to back the common sense approach outlined in the report.

This Government is weaker when people of integrity such as Norman Baker are forced out because they want to make policy based on facts and research rather than on pandering to perceived prejudices in parts of the media. I hope that after the next election, if there is another Government involving Liberals Democrats, Norman will be back as a Minister; the country needs more people like him in Government, not less.

Leon Duveen

Lib Dem PPC for Bassetlaw

Leon Duveen for Bassetlaw

Bassetlaw & Sherwood Liberal Democrats

37 Lincoln Street, Worksop, S80 2LZ

Tel: 07879 497801