Peter Reynolds

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Alan Johnson – An Absence Of Integrity

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I used to be an admirer.  Even as a rabid Tory, in fact, very much as a Tory, I thought the story of postman to Minister of the Crown was Boy’s Own stuff.

He has a sharp intellect and an easy charm with nothing of the snide trade union whinger that he might have been.   Then came Professor Nutt and, almost as never before, a politician’s true colours were revealed.  Not the gentle pink blush of embarrassment but a black deception and dishonour.  It was an astonishing position to take.  As David Nutt recalls, “Alan Johnson famously said in the House that he was “big enough, strong enough, bold enough” to sack me for saying cannabis was less harmful than alcohol.”  And he did.  See here.

Even worse, as a replacement he appointed Professor Les Iversen, author of  “Cannabis, Why It Is Safe” and  countless other publications extolling the innocuous nature of the plant.  He is on the record as saying that “cannabis should be legalised, not just decriminalized”.  The complete absurdity of Alan Johnson’s actions were astonishing.  He was stating boldly and without apology that whatever the science said he wouldn’t listen to it.  Even more than that, he would try to silence the truth.

This is a politician without a shred of integrity.  A man of great achievement and intelligence who has shamed himself and destroyed his own career.  He is not fit to be in the shadow cabinet.  That he has been appointed shadow chancellor is a hollow and sickening joke.

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  1. well said peter,these aort of people whoare changed by power are typical of the political class.or it may be the 60 drugs outlets in the palace of westminster(alcohol), tony blair admits to drug taking when in office.drunk in charge of a country.thank you for your quest for truth

    eric mann

    October 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

  2. I couldn’t agree more Peter! Mr. Johnson is a disgrace, as is the Labour Party in general.

    They turned from a leftist liberal party to a pseudo-fascist organisation intent on destroying the foundations of liberty that this country was built upon. What’s taken hundreds of years to develop has been all but demolished in a few years of Labour rule. They must NEVER gain the power to thwart our national integrity again!

    I can only say that I am glad that Labour have appointed Ed as their leader instead of David as Ed will never win the majority at the next General Election whereas David could well have done!

    Furthermore, Ed’s promotion of Mr. Johnson to Shadow Chancellor is just as ridiculous as it sounds, the man even stated that he wasn’t at all familiar with economics for gods sake! Thankfully, this all adds coal to the fire that will consume them in the coming years.


    October 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm

  3. You Tories are always the same. Lots of big talk and slagging off anyone who doesn’t kiss your ring. The quickest way to the truth is to hold anything you say up to a mirror.

    David Nutt was fired for using his official position as a platform. For all your lauding of truth and science it’s convenient you’d overlook this FACT just to gain political advantage.

    The real issue is one of YOUR lack of integrity and piggybacking national newspapers just to pimp links to your own nasty mean little blog. You, Sir, are not fit to drive a keyboard.


    October 19, 2010 at 3:05 am

    • I’m glad you enjoyed my article

      Peter Reynolds

      October 19, 2010 at 3:22 am

      • Telling lies in a blog is one thing but lying to yourself just shows what a deluded little troll you are. Try again in 10 years when you’ve got some real experience of life.


        October 19, 2010 at 7:53 am

    • Anonymous abuse. Wow! You’re an impressive individual aren’t you?

      Peter Reynolds

      October 19, 2010 at 8:25 am

    • I don’t really see the point of your commentary (apart from spouting abuse).
      the only bit I can see ¨David Nutt was fired for using his official position as a platform¨ is not quite right. johnson said he was fired for challenging government policy as I recall. whichever way you want to present it, Nutt was the chair of the ISCD and is emminently qualified to advise, even criticize government policy on drugs.
      If you’ve been following recent events, jacqui smith, a previous home secretary who now regrets that she moved cannabis from B to C (stupid classifications) didn’t ever consult with Nutt. you’re a home secretary (supposedly) implementing drug policy without consulting your premier drug experts?!?
      Nutt wouldn’t have been doing his job if he hadn’t drawn attention to the absurdity of UK drug policy. in effect a whistleblower. that’s not the same as “using his position as a platform”. smith may regret her decision but she doesn’t have to live with it. people die because the UK does not regulate the drugs market. millions are arbitrarily marked as criminals. the papers report a torrent of prosecutions (persecutions) for growers of cannabis plants.
      Nutt did the right thing – he did his job to the best of his ability. in the face a government who establishes expert commitees to give the illusion that it is basing its policies on reality, he made sure that the truth came out.


      November 25, 2012 at 2:11 am

  4. It is amazing how this man hasn’t an ‘O’ level in anything and is appointed Shadow Chancellor. What does he know about anything considering his dysfunctional Government left a legacy of massive debt and a spend thrift civil service.
    This ex postman like yellow streak Brown with no back ground in banking or finance would do better to keep his mouth shut and lie low until he is removed.

    Andy Lees

    October 19, 2010 at 7:47 am

  5. Peter your blog is great. Keep exposing this stuff please as every morning yours is one f the first pages I open.

    I can not stand Alan Johnson after what he did to the great prof Nutt. Alan is nothing but a right little cunt.


    October 19, 2010 at 9:59 am

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