Good morning loyal readers.
Do you recall way back in March that I wrote a number of articles about Nanny's hysteria over Mephedrone (aka "Miaow Miaow"), the then legal high?
Here is an extract of one of my articles:
"There have been some very shouty headlines in the media (paper, TV and radio) over the past few weeks wrt the "legal high" drug Mephedrone (aka "Miaow Miaow").
Despite the fact that the toxicology reports have yet to come in, the media is absolutely one hundred percent certain that the drug was 100% responsible for the recent deaths of a handful of young people.
Dog whistle politicians have also been keen to get in on the "shouting", and have combined with the shouty media to call for a ban on the drug.
The fact that there is strong circumstantial evidence (yet to be confirmed by toxicology tests) that other substances were also being taken by these people with Miaow Miaow is being ignored by the media and the dog whistle politicians.
Nanny hates facts to impede a good "action headline" such as "government bans drug".
The actuality is as follows:
1 Until the toxicology reports are in, no one actually knows what caused the deaths of these people.
2 Ban this drug and the chemists will simply create a similar one with a slightly different chemical structure, that will be legal.
3 Prohibition created a large criminal industry in the USA in the 1920's. Banning drugs, as we currently do, has created a wealthy, powerful, vicious criminal community. Legalise drugs and you chop the legs off this community in one fell swoop...
As sure as eggs are eggs, Nanny went ahead and banned the drug.
The price of the drug then went up from £10 a gram to £40, someone did rather well out of the ban didn't they?
This week BBC South entrapped some hapless student at a Sussex university into selling a reporter a gram of Miaow Miaow. Needless to say the poor sod has been expelled (temporarily I think), and the police have got themselves involved. The BBC filmed a police spokesman saying they take this matter seriously, and that the drug has been proven to kill etc etc.
All very well, except for one very major fly in Nanny's oinkment.
You recall that at the time of the great hysteria over the deaths of two young men, that everyone ion the shouty media world and dog whistle politicians had said they were killed by Miaow Miaow?
Well, guess what?
The toxicology reports are now in.
Can you guess what they say?
Yes, that's right, the results state that the two young men did not take Miaow Miaow. Their blood streams contained a dangerous mix of booze and methadone (a synthetic heroin substitute).
So the furore kicked up by the tabloids over Miaow Miaow was in fact bollocks.
Will we be hearing an apology from Humberside police, who spread the rumour at the time that Miaow Miaow had been involved?
Will we hear an apology from the shouty tabloids, who whipped Nanny into a frenzy over this lie?
Will we hear an apology from the dog whistle politicians who voted through the ban?
Factoid: various organisations used zero facts (one might almost infer that they lied) to push their own political/moral agenda.
The drugs policy of this country is in a total mess.
The only people who are doing well out of the current drugs policy are, the criminals (who make a fortune out of it), the shouty media who like lurid headlines and dog whistle moralising MPs who use it to manipulate their "moral majority" voters.
1 The semi civil war in Mexico over drugs, that is now spilling over into the USA, will eventually force legislators there to legalise drugs in order to cut the legs off the criminal drugs lords who are destroying the country.
2 Leading politicians on both sides of the Atlantic (a President and a Prime Minister) have admitted to, or have almost admitted to, taking a variety on illegal substances. yet they have managed to lead fulfilling, non self destructive lives. How is they seek to maintain a ban on substances that they have taken?
3 Drugs finance terrorist economies, eg Afghanistan. Legalise drugs and the terrorist economy is decapitated.
I say again, without any lack of clarity or fudging of the issue, drugs should be legalised.
Once legalised, they can be taxed and the public properly educated as to their effects.
The legalisation will bring about the end of the stranglehold that the criminal gangs currently have on many of the run down estates in this country. The ending of their supply of easy money will remove their power, kudos and "bling"; their power over others will end.
That surely is a good thing?
Is it not ironic that those who would most strongly resist the legalisation of drugs are those who currently make money of them?
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