Dutch politicians fight drugs rap duel

THE HAGUE - The Dutch justice minister, a dour Calvinist named Piet Hein Donner, has astonished his countrymen by fighting a 'rap duel' with the mayor of Maastricht over drug laws.

Those pushing for the liberalisation of laws on the growth and sale of cannabis have been rallying around a record by an established band featuring guest vocals by the mayor.

Maastricht is close to the border with Germany and Belgium and attracts some 1.5 million 'drug tourists' a year, who cram into 'coffee shops' where use of the drug is tolerated.

Its mayor, Gerd Leers, lent his modest rapping talents to a song calling for an end to the anomaly whereby cannabis use is not prosecuted but its sale and production is.

His song, That's just dope, was released as a single a few weeks ago and attracted favourable publicity. Lines from the mayor's song run:

'A joint is allowed, as long as the grower is never seen,
Weed-a-weed-a-weed-a-weed
That's ridiculous, isn't it?
Don't be so hypocritical,
Allowing half doesn't work.'

This weekend the minister hit back. The ministry website carries a photograph of Mr Donner, re-named 'The Don', singing at a microphone and looking deeply uncomfortable.

The chorus of his rap song runs:

'This is Donner of the Just-ice,
I work with the pol-ice,
I shove that dope aside,
Because an addicted Netherlands,
Is something I don't want to see.'

Source: Telegraph.co.uk