This incident makes that abundantly clear.
Professor David Nutt was fired by the Brown Government in Britian.
"He was asked to go because he cannot be both a Government adviser and a campaigner against Government policy. This principle is well understood and long established"
In other words, as long as you regurgitate the political line, your in!
However, science was on his side.
The sacking of Professor David Nutt as chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (report (October 31) is clearly wrong. The science is on his side.Or as this fellow said
Alan Johnson and the prime minister do not wish to have an advisory council which actually advises, which provides objective information that may run counter to what they believe they can get away with politically
What did he say that was so bad?
Nutt has argued that all drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, should be ranked by a "harm" index, with alcohol coming fifth behind cocaine, heroin, barbiturates and methadone. According to Nutt, tobacco should rank ninth, ahead of cannabis, LSD and ecstasy.
In other words he questioned the "artificial" separation of alcohol and tobacco from illegal drugs.
But, that can't be done, how dare he! Doesn't he know there is a war on! A "war on drugs" being fought all the time. Not a war on alcohol or tobacco or prescription drugs!
These pushers have such dam good lobbyists!
A "war on drugs" that politicians for political reasons deem dangerous for reasons that have nothing to do with their actual danger.
A war on drugs, that has been being fought for years and years, money has been spent, huge law enforcement budgets justified, over crowded and costly penal systems must be run, to spend taxpayers dollars for a war that will never be won, can't be won, and is never intended to be won!