The British government convenes a scientific committee to advise them on illegal drugs, and then sacks the head man for not telling them what they want to hear.
That seems to be par for the course with governments these days.
It was the former Labour Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, who sacked Professor David Nutt from his position as the UK government’s chief drugs adviser back in 2009.
Professor Nutt didn’t take the rebuke lying down. He formed the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, determined to research drug problems without interference from politicians with preconceived ideas.
The committee’s report has just been published. It says just about the opposite of what government’s have been telling their citizens for years. It makes a mockery of the so-called “drugs war”.
It’s proof, if any were needed, that politicians brainwash people into believing untruths. Not that that is anything new. Like governments, organized religion has been doing it for years.
Just listen to the incredulity on the BBC’s female anchor, when Professor Nutt explains that alcohol is a worse drug than heroin.
The question here is not whether one drug is more harmful than another. It is the deceit of politicians that needs to be highlighted.
We elect these people to represent us, not to deceive us, a fact that appears to have been conveniently forgotten by those in government in Capitalist countries. They have chosen instead to represent the corporations, to assist them in making fat profits. It’s the corporations that want to continue the “drugs-war”, just as they ‘lobby’ (it’s a more acceptable word than ‘bribe’) politicians to make wars and perpetuate them.
The US Supreme Court has recently designated corporations as ‘individuals’, thus making the political representation process appear even more acceptable.
The sacking of Professor Nutt is symbolic of corruption endemic in Western political circles. Governments no longer appoint experts to advise them what to do, but to tell them what they want to hear.
 “Government drug adviser David Nutt sacked” Guardian, October 30th 2009
 “Alcohol ‘more harmful than heroin’ says Prof David Nutt” BBC, November 1st 2010
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