» Friday, October 14, 2005

Politicians and drugs

Asked if the Prime Minister thought that politicians should answer questions about whether they had taken drugs in the past, the PMOS said that it would be unwise for him to be drawn into other people’s contests. As such he refused to be drawn into that line of questioning.

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  1. Dear gods… tis easy enough to answer: "They should lie, like they do about everything else, because when they’re found out after having been elected to power, they can use it as a platform for apologia, like they do about everything else".

    Comment by auntyq — 15 Oct 2005 on 6:02 pm | Link
  2. Tony Blair has in fact given an answer of sorts to the "drugs" question in the past, saying he "never got into drugs." Not exactly a categorical denial but at least he didn’t dodge the question entirely as Mr Cameron has.

    I would conclude from this that, in answer to the question posed at this morning’s lobby briefing, Mr Blair does indeed think it is appropriate for politicians to be asked these questions.

    Comment by Paul Linford — 17 Oct 2005 on 1:35 pm | Link
  3. As usual the PMOS is giving the answer to an entirely different question – that of whether people should comment on the election of a Conservative leader. All the PMOS had to say was Yes, No or No comment.

    I don’t think it’s anyone’s damn business as to whether Cameron has dabbled with ‘substances’ – just as long as he isn’t doing so whilst working.

    Indeed, it should be mandatory for all politicians to have experienced the effects of the occasional spliff or chemical. How are they going to make sensible judgments otherwise?

    Anyhow, many of them act as if they are permanently ‘on’ something – with or without artificial enhancements….

    Comment by Chuck Unsworth — 18 Oct 2005 on 9:47 am | Link

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