I don't care either really - though it is a nosey interest that we all seem to have. It certainly won't change my views on the individuals concerned or of the government as a whole. With the exception of Alistair Darling - are they sure they got this right? Darling smoking a spliff? I reckon he this is worst type of spin yet under New Labour - "Darling isn't that boring, he was bonging it down at University!" Can't see it myself.
It also amazes me how they all tried but either didn't like it or never did it again because they saw had bad it was. No one cares -but if you're going to "confess" at least tell the whole truth!
Maybe I'm reading too much in to this, but I get the feeling this is the prelude to something else - though not sure what. Possibly getting it all out in the open for the government before an expose of a certain opposition figure... perhaps? Time will tell...
Anyway, I do hope they've all stopped now - I can't think of anything worse than seeing a smoke filled room of giggling politicians containing the likes of Hazel Blears, Ruth Kelly and Andy Burham eating copious amounts of chocolate to quench their munchies. What a horrible thought.
Labour, the Tories and Cannabis
Few things in life are safe for all of the people, all of the time. Even traces of nuts in a restaurant meal can kill those unfortunate enough to suffer from certain allergies.
And sure, cannabis is a mind-altering substance. Some medical studies reportedly show that prolonged heavy use can result in psychosis. With no relevant expertise in the subject, I’m happy to take the specialists’ word for it. But alcoholism can – and in countless cases every year, does - also have that effect.
The Politics of Pot
The Home Secretary has just told Sky News that she smoked cannabis as an
My instinctive reaction to Jacqui Smith's revelation was 'so what'-- a view shared, I suspect, by most people.
.and they inhaled
So, Jacqui Smith isn't the only midnight toker in the government - Alastair Darling, Andy Burnham, Ruth Kelly (RUTH KELLY???), Hazel Blears have all joined the roll-up call with Vernon Coaker, Patsy Hewitt, Caroline Flint and Tony McNulty.
The Tories are predictably fuming about the fact that Gordon Brown has succeeded in re-focusing attention on the issue of politicians' drug-taking pasts, first by pledging to look again at the reclassification of cannabis and then by persuading Home Secretary Jackie Smith to fess up to having a toke at university.
Smoke and mirrors
Here we go again, another politician forced by our stupid laws to say that drugs are wrong and unpleasant.
Crimebusters go to pot in a haze of cannabis smoke
The tragic consequences of what can happen when someone smoked cannabis 25 years ago were there for all to see in the Commons yesterday. I refer, of course, to Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary. She had come to tell us about the Government’s crime reduction strategy. I regret to report that she was forgetful, confused and, once or twice, very close to having a fit of the giggles. Perhaps she no longer feels the need to hide the effects. Who knows? Clearly she has an addictive personality.