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Peter Reynolds

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Chip Somers, Drug Therapist Charlatan. Ignorant? A Liar? Or Both?

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It takes a lot to get me angry these days about attitudes towards cannabis.  Many people are simply misinformed and are themselves victims of a relentless propaganda campaign by governments and the gutter press.  Today though I watched the Victoria Derbyshire show on catch up from last Tuesday, the day that Parliament published published its report on medicinal cannabis.  In the studio were CLEAR member Lara Smith, UPA member Faye Adams and Chip Somers, described as a ‘government advisor’, was on Skype from his home in Hampstead.

You can watch the programme on BBC iPlayer here.  The segment runs from 1:22:09 to 1:33.58.

Now this is the BBC, which is always pro status quo and has a dreadful record on inaccurate reporting about cannabis.  It’s also the Victoria Derbyshire show, which is a long way from serious news and is more like a cross between Jeremy Kyle and Woman’s Hour – but give them credit for covering the issue

You can’t blame people who have been misinformed and whose prejudice is deeply ingrained from years of brainwashing.  This applies to many MPs, journalists, even doctors and scientists.  Remember, the endocannabinoid system. one of the most important physiological systems, isn’t even taught in UK medical schools, so ignorance is widespread, even amongst those you would expect to be well informed.

Chip Somers

Chip Somers

There can be no excuse for this mendacious and wicked man, Chip Somers, though.  He is, you will remember, the addiction therapist who grandstanded over his work with Russell Brand a couple of years ago.  He advocates the total abstinence route to recovery which has been so eagerly embraced by the judgmental puritans at the Home Office and has led directly to the highest ever rate of drug overdose deaths, only released last week.   Is the man simply a complete fool or is he deliberately dishonest?  I think it has to be both.  No one with the experience he claims could be so stupid.  For some reason: misplaced morality, corrupt influence of money, government pressure, self-promotion of his therapy business – he is engaged in deception.

I’m not going to analyse every one of his miserable words.  Watch him for yourself but prepare to be appalled. Suffice to say that his only tactic was to argue against medicinal use with ‘dangers’ that apply only to recreational use by children – a transparent disinformation strategy.  He was also nothing less than abusive to Faye’s and Lara’s testimony and his dismissal of Professor Mike Barnes’ evidence review, which analyses 20,000 scientific papers, was just laughable.

Chip Somers is a liar, a charlatan, a confidence trickster and a deceiver.  If only some such donkey of a faux therapist would seek recourse in the courts for such descriptions of him. Then we would have the opportunity to prove that he is a man of bad character and evil motivation.

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Oh No! Do We Really Want Jeremy Corbyn Supporting Medicinal Cannabis?

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It’s a bit like when Russell Brand came out in favour. He’s right, just as Corbyn is but it doesn’t do us any good.  It just gives our opponents ammunition to portray the campaign as the preserve of losers and eccentrics.

I quite like Jeremy Corbyn, even if many of his policies are, in my opinion, bonkers.  I certainly think he’s a very healthy influence on British politics but his support is not going to help us gain legal access to medicinal cannabis.  If anything it’ll get in the way.  With at least 10 years of Tory government in front of us, probably 20, allying ourselves with Corbyn is going to alienate those whose minds we need to change.

Eccentrics, Please Do Not Apply.

Eccentrics, Please Do Not Apply.

Again, like Russell Brand, whose intellect is beyond doubt, so is Corbyn’s sincerity – although his statements on wider drugs policy at last night’s leadership hustings are as confused as any politician on the illiberal wing of the Conservative Party or the authoritarian wing of Labour.  It seems Mr Corbyn is just as much in favour of prohibition and supporting criminal drugs markets as any alcohol-sponsored Tory MP.

It’s not Jeremy Corbyn we want onside. It’s politicians that now or in the future will hold the reins of power.  I admire the way he has seen off the despicable rump of New Labour, Blairite ponces.  Their spiritual leader, Peter Mandelson, and his up and coming disciples like Chuka Umunna are the last people we want anywhere near government.  The record of science-deniers like Jack Straw, Jacqui Smith and Alan Johnson is best forgotten. If Corbyn can keep that nasty bunch occupied and distracted he will deserve huge credit.  I wouldn’t quite, yet, place him in the same category as Tony Benn, a man who I disagreed with profoundly yet respected enormously but he’s cast from the same mould.  He is a man of integrity but sadly, not a man cut out for success in terms of gaining political power.

If I’m wrong about Corbyn and his support does positively influence the campaign for medicinal cannabis, I’ll gladly eat my hat  – or present Match of the Day in my underpants or whatever forfeit is deemed appropriate.  In the meantime though, CLEAR will continue to focus on and work with politicians who can actually make a difference.

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August 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm

A New Brand Of Politician

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I am easily moved.   It is connected with my Welshness.  The 15 brave souls singing before they charge for Wales at Rugby Union and I am in bits.

It is rare though for just a few words in print (OK, on a screen!) to move me so much.

Russell Brand

I am right at the end of the 731 pages of written evidence to the HASC drugs inquiry and I come to Russell Brand.

Not someone I have held in high regard until I saw his contribution to the Versus YouTube debate.  Even there he was hyperbolic and almost abusive but the intellect and truth shone out of him.

In his submission to the inquiry, he quotes an article that he had published in The Guardian on 24th July 2011, and this passage made me cry.

It’s also one of those rare examples where the use of foul language is absolutely perfect.

“I arrived late and as I made my way to the audience through the plastic smiles and plastic cups I heard the rolling, wondrous resonance of a female vocal. Entering the space I saw Amy on stage with Weller and his band; and then the awe. The awe that envelops when witnessing a genius. From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened. Winehouse. Winehouse? Winehouse! That twerp, all eyeliner and lager dithering up Chalk Farm Road under a backcombed barnet, the lips that I’d only seen clenching a fishwife fag and dribbling curses now a portal for this holy sound.

So now I knew. She wasn’t just some hapless wannabe, yet another pissed-up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes.

She was a fucking genius.”

Amy

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April 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Jonathan Ross, The Pratt And Incompetent BBC Management

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I don’t want even to mention the other one’s name because he is and always has been a complete and utter pratt.  His “brand” of entertainment appeals to the lowest common denominator and generally contributes to poorer standards of taste and behaviour.  There can be no doubt that he should be removed permanently from the BBC and it would be better for us all if he was never seen or heard of again.

Jonathan Ross though is an entertainment genius.  It is deeply disappointing that he has blundered like this but they say that genius is close to madness and participating in this has been insane.

The other one at least has the excuse of a spontaneous mistake.  No such excuse can be proffered by the editorial staff who made the decision to broadcast the show even after Andrew Sachs refused permission.

The award for the worst, most incompetent and simply ludicrous behaviour though must go jointly to the Director General and the Chairman of the BBC.  What utter stupidity they have demonstrated to flounder about doing nothing for days and days and then to impose these suspensions.  This is not a mistake but premeditated idiocy.

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October 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm