Does it matter if politicians take drugs?

This week questions were asked about George Osbourne and cocaine.

There is no direct proof linking the two. Just the usual nudge nudge wink wink stuff and loads of tutting from journalists who are either too drunk to really care or too coked up to pass judgement on anybody.

There is a long history of politicians and drugs that stretches back in time and if you count alcohol and cigarettes as drugs as yo should do then there are very few who don’t indulge.

Why have people got a problem with politicians and drugs? Is it because they vehemently pass laws stopping anyone else taking drugs? So what is David Cameron is occasionally linked by gossip to cocaine, it’s what he stands for that is the real problem…is it a problem that they make rash decisions under the influence? Some of the most famous British politicians of all time were drunks at the very best.

Drugs are one of the worlds biggest industries, they have been part of our culture for ever, they have enhanced some lives and destroyed others and yet still less people get fucked up by ecstasy than by alcohol or gags and they remain legal. No politician dares to tell the truth about drugs, after all it’s a real vote loser because the drugged up public don’t want to hear the truth either.

What we really need is more honesty on the drugs issue before legalizing all drugs. Prohibition of alcohol never worked in the USA and prohibition of drugs doesn’t work now. We then need to change our attitude to drugs, not make them illegal but also to break the myth of druggy cool and then instead of the muttering classes going on about who’s on drugs we could a real honesty about who is doing what and when and hopefully not when they have their finger on the trigger…

It’s time we grew up about drugs. On the whole they make you dribble and talk rubbish, fine for an evening off, rubbish for a day at work, they turn some people into train wrecks whilst most people get really bored of them. They are not actually that cool, they are certainly not cool enough to have all the excitement of being banned…

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