Two things recently have highlighted Gordon’s Brown gross stupidity and instinctive contempt for the working class. The fact that Brown appears to be backtracking on the 10p tax band does nothing to lessen the impact of this savage attack on the people who have least from a supposed socialist.
It was Brown who introduced this tax in his budget and claimed that nobody would be worse off. This was as clear a lie as has ever been told by a politician and reveals the breathtaking arrogance of a Chancellor who believes that the proles can’t add up.
Although we are prepared to entertain the possibility that it’s Gordon Brown who can’t add up.
And now it seems that Brown is to reject his own scientist’s advice and instead mollify the Daily Mail reading god-bothering puritans like Debra Bell and school teacher Mary Brett.
Brown claimed on GMTV this morning:
“I think people know my view about cannabis and particularly about this lethal version of it, skunk.”
In case Brown doesn’t know how to use a dictionary then let us help:
able to cause or causing death; extremely dangerous:
So despite all the evidence from the ACMD, despite the facts there has never been a death where cannabis has been credibly ruled to be the primary factor and despite the fact that millions of people the world over use cannabis without ever suffering any form of harm Brown makes the bizarre claim that cannabis is a killer.
This is Brown attempting to do something, to show he’s a strong man and distance himself from Blair.
Fuck the fact that cannabis use has fallen since reclassification, fuck the fact that people with genuine problems with cannabis are less likely to seek help knowing they may be locked up for their trouble, fuck that the last thing people with mental health problems need is to be sucked into the criminal justice system.
Fuck all that, fuck the people and let Brown wave his big dick about in the hope of taking the shambles that is the economy off the front pages.
Mental Health charities such as Addaction and SANE along with Professor Robin Murray should also hang their heads in shame at this attack on the very people they are supposed to represent. Yesterday Murray spoke at the All Parliametary Group on Children and Cannabis of which the Secretariat is the pressure group Talking About Cannabis chaired by Debra Bell.
That Murray should align himself with a woman who thinks crystals will save the world and insists her son has mental health problems despite all medical evidence to the contrary must surely reflect on Murray’s academic credentials.
Murray recently claimed that reclassification is not the issue and that it was ludicrous to suggest that smoking just one spliff will lead to irreversible psychotic breakdown.
However he appears to endorse a group who claim exactly that, just as he has previously shared a platform with Scientology loons the National Drugs Prevention Alliance.
As for drug user’s charity Addaction, well we and others have written to them and called them and they still seem to be reluctant to make a statement as to whether they support the reclassification of cannabis and why a harm minimisation orgainsation has leant their support to a group campaigning against exactly that.
The end result of this is that people with mental health problems will be further marginalised and less able to be honest with those allegedly supporting them over their drug use.
And once again we face the spectre of thousands of young people gaining criminal records for having the odd spliff.
Make no mistake this is a class issue. Middle class drug use is routinely ignored. Former coke using posh boys like Cameron and Boris Johnson sweep their drug use under the carpets with vague platitudes that they won’t discuss their personal lives.
In the meantime thousands of working class kids will once again be discussing their personal lives in the Magistrates Court.
With the real killer being contaminated cannabis (including some which has been found to be bulked out with lead) Brown could have seized this opportunity to adopt a more progressive policy towards cannabis and drugs in general.
But no chance of that, Brown is just too cowardly. So instead we have the same old ultra-reactionary failed policy in the hope of gaining a handful of votes from nutjob Daily Express readers.
With the smoking ban, the clampdown on so-called ‘binge drinking’ and now the strengthening of the cannabis laws it seems that this government has objections to anyone having a good time that doesn’t involve a small glass of Chablis and sun dried tomatoes.
The Roman’s used to keep the people in line with bread and circuses. In Brown’s Britain no-one can afford the bread and the circus has been banned.