Oct 302009
 

They really can’t help themselves. Every goddamn thing this government proves even further that they’re not only unfit for office, some of them are unfit to live.

Alan Johnson has sacked Prof. David Nutt, head of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

This advisory body is supposed to provide the government with the scientific data it needs to inform its drugs policy. So why has Prof. Nutt been sacked? He hasn’t been providing data that matches what the Home Office wants its policy to be.

Earlier this week Prof Nutt used a lecture at King’s College, London, to attack what he called the “artificial” separation of alcohol and tobacco from illegal drugs.

The professor said smoking cannabis created only a “relatively small risk” of psychotic illness, and claimed those who advocated moving ecstasy into Class B had “won the intellectual argument”.

This didn’t jive with Alan Johnson’s policy-based evidence making*:

In a letter, the home secretary wrote: “I cannot have public confusion between scientific advice and policy and have therefore lost confidence in your ability to advise me as Chair of the ACMD.

“I would therefore ask you to step down from the Council with immediate effect.”

Prof. David Nutt: This is reality, minister. Let me show you it.
Alan Johnson: No! That’s not how I want reality to be! [throws toys out of pram]

Cunts.

*H/T the Heresiarch, where I read this term first. It’s great.

  3 Responses to “Stoned free”

  1. Isn’t it strange that Jackboot, and now Postie have the same attitude: agree with our present political expediency, regardless of scientific evidence, or you’re out. If they applied this “principle” to every aspect of government, all those expensive consultants could be sacked too. That would save an awful lot of our money, probably enough to keep the Home Office in coke for a long time. Now my head hurts and I’m going to lie down (with a big spliff of course).

  2. This is spooky. I’ve just put on a West Wind DVD and the story is about the Surgeon General saying Marijuana is less dangerous than nictine and should be legalised.

  3. “I cannot have public confusion between scientific advice and policy and have therefore lost confidence in your ability to advise me as Chair of the ACMD.”

    What strikes me as an encouraging thought is the scale of the disconnect; that the Postie sees advice based on science as being less important than the policy it is justifying, or not as is the case here. The cognitive disonance of this mentality cannot be sustained even by the group mindset they all espouse.

    Doublethink is alive and well, and our minds are not as addled by Victory Gin and revised propoganda as they would like.

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