There are two excellent pieces by Brendan O’Neill in this week’s Sp!ked about the egregious Professor David Nutt:
- David Nutt is not the new Galileo
- The curious Cult of Nutt, backed by both dopeheads and scientists, is actually denigrating scientific truth.
- Nutts to these anti-alcohol ‘experts’
- Last night’s David Nutt debate confirmed that cannabis is now promoted as a means of pacifying young, drunk ruffians.
The event provided an insight into what is driving the pro-dope movement today, that strange mix of scientists and politicians (who are at least sympathetic to cannabis) and social workers and students (who are champions of it): it is not freedom, or even hedonism, but Booze Prohibitionism. They promote cannabis as a way of denigrating alcohol. Professor Nutt explicitly said that the government’s attacks on cannabis are a ‘distraction from getting alcohol misuse under control’. Alcohol should also be part of the Misuse of Drugs Act, he said, since it is the ‘most damaging drug’ for young people in particular.Why anyone claiming to be a defender of pubs and beer should give a second’s consideration to the views of this odious man completely eludes me.