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The Sun’s view on David Nutt

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The Sun’s view on David Nutt’s sacking:

NUTTY Professor David Nutt, the government’s chief drug advisor, must have been on the wacky baccy again!

Not content with last year’s ridiculous statement that dropping ecstasy was only as dangerous as riding a horse, the Nutt has now declared that Es are safer than booze and fags are more of a danger to our health than cannabis, LSD and ecstasy.

He wants to reclassify all drugs on a “harm” basis and in an academic sense he might be correct. But we are not talking about a society that is only confined to the lofty intellectual towers of a university campus.

We are talking about drugs such as coke and skunk that are causing havoc on housing estates across the country and misery to millions.

What kind of message does this send out to young kids?

At least with tobacco and alcohol we have safeguards in place and tough regulation on strength etc combined with health awareness campaigns.

And even if the nutty Professor is correct do we really want to have even more harmful drugs in society?

It’s perfectly acceptable for Nutt to have these discussions in the cosseted world of academia but it is totally irresponsible for him to pontificate in public and in his position as Drug Tsar. He must be sacked immediately.

Reading this was truly enlightening. Here are some of the things I learned:

  1. That David Nutt was the Drugs Tsar- I thought he was a scientist in an independent body whose role was to advise the government on drugs policy based on scientific knowledge.
  2. That putting one’s views across on a subject in which one is an expert is irresponsible- I had forgotten that only people who don’t know what they’re talking about are allowed to talk out in public.
  3. That by classifying some drugs as less dangerous and some as more dangerous would lead to more drugs in society. Is the Sun proposing that if we classify alcohol as more dangerous then more people will start using it?
  4. That drugs aren’t already classified on a harm basis (at least ostensibly). Now I’m confused… what does Class A, Class B and Class C relate to?
  5. That Alan Johnson takes his advice from the Sun. Is this some way to get back in the Sun’s good books?
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Written by criminologyandstuff

November 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Posted in criminal justice

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  1. I don’t think you can blame the Sun on this one. He’s called Nutt. How could any responsible tabloid leader writer resist the Nutty Professor pun? So good, they used it three times. After that, the rest of it kind of writes itself.

    Joel

    November 3, 2009 at 3:42 pm


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