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UK Drug Adviser Fired for Stating Facts

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/oct/30/drugs-adviser-david-nutt-sacked

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8334774.stm

Don’t think I’ve seen this posted anywhere else on the site. Our government have fired someone for stating facts, simply because they do not match up with their own asinine policies.

“We are witnessing a collision between science and politics - there may be significant fall-out”

Someone has the balls to stand up against the reclassification of cannabis (and shows support for a reduction in penalties for possession and dealing ecstasy), is backed up by science and research, and is fired for stating facts that disagree with the politically-derived opinion held by the majority of government.

“The home secretary’s action is a bad day for science and a bad day for the cause of evidence-informed policy making.”

God-fucking-Damn.

Retarded but not surprising.

While the story doesn’t give enough information to make any sort of real judgment–perhaps this “expert” had his own agenda and they knew it–I will say that anyone who thinks facts and reason have or will ever influenced political policy is naive.

[quote]stokedporcupine8 wrote:
While the story doesn’t give enough information to make any sort of real judgment–perhaps this “expert” had his own agenda and they knew it–I will say that anyone who thinks facts and reason have or will ever influenced political policy is naive. [/quote]

No Idealistic.