A worrying report from the United Nations of all people has compared parts of the UK to Mexico and Brazil where the police fear to tread because of drugs gangs.
The UN says that in parts of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham the police are losing the battle against drugs and organised crime.
The three cities were directly compared to the drug cartels which hold sway over large parts of Brazil and Mexico by Professor Hamid Ghodse, the president of the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). He said the cities were trapped in 'a vicious cycle of social exclusion and drugs problems and fractured communities.
'In many societies around the world, whether developed or developing, there are communities within the societies which develop which become no-go areas. Drug traffickers, organised crime, drug users, they take over. They will get the sort of governance of those areas.
'Examples are in Brazil, Mexico, in the United States, in the UK, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, and therefore it is no good to have only law enforcement, which always shows it does not succeed.'
He blames it all on social equality and lack of education and employment opportunities.
Well, he has partly got a point although an old saying about horses and stable doors does come to mind.
If you are dealing drugs and making a small fortune doing it, are you really going to be interested in giving it up to go on a training programme? If you are a crack head, are you really going to be looking further ahead than who you can rob to pay for your next fix?
There used to be a saying that 'crime doesn't pay'. Well, sadly these days it seems to pay very well...