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Broken Promises. Broken Britain. Brokenshire.

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Mad? Bad? Or both?

The most important principle espoused by David Cameron and Nick Clegg in the election campaign was fairness.  They promised us that their government would be fair and by extension that the policies it pursued would be based on facts and evidence, not on prejudice, misinformation or distortion by vested interests.

This promise is broken and in the most crass, blatant and disgraceful fashion by the attempt to remove scientists from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).  Never has a more corrupt intent been revealed by a British government.  Never has a minister, James Brokenshire, demonstrated his intent to misinform, deceive and lie more clearly.  Dr Evan Harris, the former LibDem shadow science and health minister, explains the intricacies of this attempt to subvert the law here.

The Misuse Of Drugs Act 1971 was progressive legislation in that it created the ACMD and required government to seek its expert scientific advice before criminalising the use of drugs.  Because, increasingly, the government does not like the ACMD’s advice, it is now seeking to remove the Act’s requirement that there must be scientists on the council.  Is it possible to conceive of a more ridiculous or corrupt idea?

In fact, the government takes no notice of the ACMD anyway.  When ministers wanted to ban mephedrone earlier in the year they ordered the council to provide the advice that they wanted and banned it despite there being almost no evidence at all.  More members of the  ACMD then resigned and the Home Office is now trying to recruit replacements.   That may be the truth of what is happening here.  The government simply can’t find scientists prepared to sit on the council.  I wonder why?

James Brokenshire says: “Scientific advice is absolutely critical to the government’s approach to drugs and any suggestion that we are moving away from it is absolutely not true.

This is simply a bald faced lie and self-evidently so.  If scientific advice is critical, why does he wish to remove the obligation to have it available?

James Brokenshire regularly speaks untruths or dissembles on behalf of the government.  The facts prove that beyond doubt and his reputation is well established.  For instance,  the Home Office claims that there are no medicinal benefits in herbal cannabis and that this is based on advice from the ACMD.  No such advice has ever been given.   Furthermore, Professor Les Iversen, present chair of the ACMD is also a founder council member of the British Medicinal Cannabis Register (BMCR) and next week lectures on the subject “Bringing Cannabis Back into the Medicine Cabinet”

James Brokenshire is in the vanguard of this contemptible and corrupt behaviour.   He may be put forward as cannon fodder by more senior ministers because the nonsense he speaks and the positions he takes are so manifestly ridiculous.  When the truth is out and his shame is revealed he will easily be dismissed by Theresa May.  If, as Minister for Crime Prevention, he had any real interest in preventing crime he would be resisiting this attempt to subvert the law.

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  1. Brokenshire is such a hateful little preppy puppet. Just look at him – too young to know anything or to do anything other than as he’s told. When I was 20 the politicians all looked far too old, now they all look far too young (I’m 40). Same with the police, they’re all about 19 and can’t possibly have the nous to deal with complex situations. Only any good for mopping up drunk thugs – and they’re thugs themselves.

    I still quite like Ken Clarke though – he’s been around long enough not to be a petty little careerist like the rest of ’em. Including Millipede.

    Tim Kendall

    December 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

  2. What did the LibDems say before the election?

    “Always base drugs policy on independent scientific advice, including making the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs completely independent of government.”

    Peter Reynolds

    December 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    • i just ejaculated reading those words Reynolds: “ACMD completely independent of government!” to contemplate such a possibility is orgasmic

      daniel carter

      December 8, 2010 at 5:26 am

      • last interview with Howard Marks, David Nutt said that he would legalise possession and production of any drug less harmful than alcohol.

        And we know were in his list alcohol was.

        daniel carter

        December 8, 2010 at 5:29 am

  3. I saw this in the guardian yesterday and was in no way surprised. What surprised me is that they think we are stupid and that we are going to sit around like little children being told what to do. he can at least to have a little credibility change his post to James Broken Britain Minister of Crime Encouragement.

    I agree totally with both posts above. The UK moves deeper and deeper into darkness.

    what a shameful career he will have with absolutely nothing to be proud of at all.


    December 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm

  4. peter. We all know that if drug policy in the UK was really based on science then cannabis would be legal.

    Unfortunately we have idiots running the country.


    December 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

  5. Whilst I still lay in the metaphoric sanatorium, on my sabbatical, the news of this trickled through…

    Words are still failing me! I am on the floor in disbelief.

    Just goes to show just how submissive this country has got when this kind of action can not only be fathomed by the powers that be, but to be put into action.

    I don’t blame the Government for this dictatorship by proxy, the blame lays on those who have allowed it to happen. Perhaps the days of book reports and subtle British griping may come to an end now that we have such a massive regression. I don’t see the students preaching to the choir after all.

    Jason (HomeGrown Outlaw)

    December 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm

  6. corrupt motives , removing evidence , the highest ranking criminals


    December 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm

  7. are there not enough of us willing to stand together and march on whitehall like the students have.


    December 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm

  8. Ahhh, never did the words of The Beat(en) Generation, by The The ring more true than when considering what’s happened since the last general election…..

    When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
    Of this once proud nation
    Can you sense the fear and the hatred
    Grwoing in the hearts of its population

    And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
    By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

    The beaten generation
    The beaten generation
    Reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation
    The beaten generation
    The beaten generation
    Open your eyes
    Open your imagination

    We’re being sedated by the gasoline fumes
    And hypnotised by the satellites
    Into believing what is good and what is right

    You may be worshipping the temples of mammon
    Or lost in the prisons of religion
    But can you still walk back to happiness
    When you’ve nowhere left to run?

    The beaten generation
    The beaten generation
    Reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation
    The beaten generation
    The beaten generation
    Open your eyes
    Open your imagination

    And if they send in the special police
    To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
    Then won’t the words sit ill upon their tongues
    When they tell us justice is being done
    That freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

    The beaten generation
    The beaten generation
    Reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation
    The beaten generation
    The beaten generation
    Open your eyes
    Open your imagination

    Lifted from…


    December 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    • Thank you Nobbly. Wise words.

      Peter Reynolds

      December 7, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      • …and a damn fine tune as well.


        December 7, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      • Oh… did you really have to post that picture of Brokenshire? Ever time I see his mug I get this urge to slap something.

        Ah…here’s the cat – perfect timing…here puss, puss….


        December 7, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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  10. I thought Brokenshire was in Wales?
    Either way, I see no future in this Country.

    As for the hot-potato of expeses that has always been a bone of contention in any company. And Inland Revenue and HM Customs VAT are reown for overzealous action.

    So little wonder people are moving their money out of Britain, it is a sin to make a living, while out thriving politicians expect a salaray as well ! What is the point of saving if it is actually reducing because the money is taxed so many time before its end use. Of course people are investing off-shore.

    This is exactly the same situation we had in 1978/9 ; and merely proves that NO Politician can be trusted, no matter wich era they come from. As for employers, can you trust their promises either?

    Er, no. They expect loyalty from staff, but have this American “Hire and Fire” approach to management’ so why would your staff want to be loyal to you?
    And as for the Banks, they have asked for everything they got and I do not see why they should be bailed out. I didn’t notice them bailing out their customers !

    I have been out of work for 18 months,nearly bankrupted by the last two governments, and see no future here. Time to sell up and go. The only question is where?

    Everywherelse seems to be a corrupt.

    The Debt Collector

    December 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    • “time to sell up and go”? or to *grow and sell up”? LOL

      daniel carter

      December 8, 2010 at 5:36 am

  11. another great read, labour cant say nay as they sacked a scientific advisor. Lib dems are part of the goverment now.

    Hate to be the cynical one but when this goes through it is a massive step backwards.

    I bet my bottom dollar aswell that this is hardely covered in the media i saw it on bbc news on the day it was announced and nothing since.

    Well just have to rely on retiring MP’s, police chiefs to get the 5 mins a month of light shined on the drug war “debate”

    neil p

    December 8, 2010 at 1:29 am

  12. Who knows really what the motives are. i suspect this is a way that they can continue to class substances any old way regardless of the truth. example being to make cannabis a class A based on the advice of little Jimmy and that nut case mother who blamed her sons demise on cannabis when the truth was that she is a terrible mother.


    December 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

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