November 2nd, 2009


Hard Nutt to crack

David Nutt has been sacked. Who the hell is David Nutt? Well, he WAS the chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in England. Now, he's an independent scientist who knows a hell of a lot on the topic of drug use and misuse and is extremely well-respected in the community, and has a big mouth.

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Y'know, part of me thinks this is a good thing, in that it'll get a lot more people reading that paper. It's created a martyr, and martyrs tend to crystallise action. It's focused public attention on the debate, and free speech being muzzled by politicians and them then being exposed for it, is a great way of getting that speech heard. And now Professor Nutt is free to say whatever he likes without having to temper it with diplomacy.

On the downside, if every decent brain in that council quits because the government doesn't listen, or on principle, or for whatever reason, there'll be no council, only politicians, and then they can go loose with their ill-informed morally-based policy. Oh fun.

Facebook group supporting Dr Nutt's reinstatement. Don't know how much use it'll be, but gathering like-minded people together is always interesting.