Saturday, 8 June 2019

It's not the drugs, it's the hypocrisy


Two contenders in the Tory leadership race have now admitted to taking drugs. Michael Gove has owned up to snorting cocaine on multiple occasions, while Rory Stewart admits that he smoked opium.

Now I'm certainly not going to moral high horse about drug use because I'm a strong believer in rational drugs policy aimed at regulation, harm reduction, and treatment rather than the prohibitionist orthodoxy of unregulated black markets, criminalisation, and imprisonment.

But it's impossible not to clock the absolute hypocrisy of these men.

They've both served in a militantly prohibitionist Tory regime for nine years which not only maintained draconian punishments for possession and use of the very Class A substances like cocaine and opioids they've admitted using, but actually introduced a raft of harsh new punishments on substances like the mild stimulant khat (which is mainly used by the Somalian immigrant community) despite their own scientific advisers pointing out that khat is such a mild stimulant that it would be inappropriate and disproportionate to criminalise it [source].

One of the most absurd new anti-drugs laws these hypocritical Tories supported was Theresa May's kafkaesque legislation banning all drugs that haven't even been invented yet!

These hypocrites believe in other people suffering severe criminal punishments for possession of mild and virtually harmless stimulants and even drugs that don't even exist yet, but feel absolutely fine snorting cocaine and smoking opioids themselves!

These Tories firmly believe in criminalisation and imprisonment for thousands upon thousands of people from poor and ordinary backgrounds for using much less harmful and addictive substances such as cannabis, magic mushrooms, khat, MDMA, and mephedrone, while they've used much more harmful and addictive drugs like cocaine and opiods without the slightest worry that they'd ever end up in jail for it.

Politicians like Gove and Stewart support the draconian prohibitionist orthodoxy because they quite simply don't believe that the laws apply to people like them in the elitist establishment class.

As far as they're concerned the drug laws exist in order to keep the "lower orders" in line, while the wealthy and privileged like them can do whatever they like with absolute impunity.

So it's not the fact that they've used drugs, it's the sheer hypocrisy of these wannabe Prime Ministers actively supporting harsh prohibitionist drug laws for ordinary people because they know that the rules simply don't apply to elitists like them.

Who on earth wants to be led by people who believe in one harsh and punitive set of rules for the majority of us, and another extremely lax and forgiving set of rules just for them and their elitist mates?



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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Man, anyone think Tom would lighten up if he got his hands on some quality MDMA?

Anonymous said...

Hunt has admitted to a cannabis lassi.....leadsom smoked weed at uni.... and Johnson has snorted a white powder believing it to be cocaine, not that he can tell the difference between that and the highly dangerous stimulant icing sugar.
It seems drug use is a prerequisite for Tory leadership whilst for the rest of us it is a prerequisite for a criminal record and prison. Perhaps we need to hold these people in 'high' office to account and get them to create a more benign or legalised drug policy. As for the rest of their nasty policies, perhaps they were written when they were off their tits on illicit substances. We really do need an election to get rid of these morally bankrupt fools.

Anonymous said...

It is well known that Gove still uses cocaine.

Anonymous said...

Thomas is a school teacher, do you think he does any of these drugs? If he opened up about it, what would the parents say?

Anonymous said...

Guys, guys... the answer is simple. Let's just throw milkshakes at them. That'll learn em not to put through policy that appeals to their voting demographic!

Unknown said...

Unless its Comic Relief you don't get a red nose like that without using somethin.

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Anonymous said...

Khat and Poppers were the two most hypocritical decisions made by them.

Khat is completely harmless and very mild, I tried it about 30 years ago (didn't know what it was, 'herbal remedy; I was told) I barely knew I'd taken it, on a par with Red Bull etc.

Likewise the decision NOT to ban poppers. Although they DID ban the original formula many years before, it's used medically as a heart stimulant, but used recreationally it can cause heart attacks. The NEW formula WAS about to be banned but MANY Tories stood up to defend it's use! Their 'reasoning' was that the drug was part of 'Gay Culture' The government accepted this and, as far as I know, it's the only legal high to have escaped the ban.

Now, I'm not saying it SHOULD be banned (it's perfectly safe) but why band one safe drug and allow another one?

The reason given is spurious though. I'm not saying that no gay person takes poppers, just saying that 99.9% don't Most gay people, like the rest of the population don't take drugs. Whilst it's more common these days, it's not a majority pursuit.

Sadly I didn't buy any Khat before the ban, I did buy poppers though ASSUMING they would be banned. NB that's the stuff they sell as 'Room Odoriser' With the new, safer, formula it's rubbish anyway, to be fair, Khat wasn't any better either. Better with the leading killer among ALL drugs, legal or otherwise...ALCOHOL!

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