By Peter Hitchens
Our entire political and media elite, across all major parties, have long been corrupted by drug abuse. I am not talking about the teenage follies they sometimes confess to. Legions of them have taken illegal drugs far more recently than they care to admit, and even more of them idiotically allow their teenage children
Our elite is corrupted by drugs
Perhaps that should also be in capitals and underlined.
I do not usually post an article and then criticise it. I view that as unfair, bad manners and probably falls under the new category of trolling. But in this case I feel there is some justification.
Peter Hitchens is damned right “Our elite is corrupted by drugs”. Until this article I have refrained from commenting on Mr Hitchens hard line on the criminality of drug use and moves to de-criminalise are wrong. I agree with him in many respects. Drug use is not only highly self-destructive, but is also immeasurably exploitative of vulnerable and desperate people tricked and coerced into providing the labour required for supplying this world-wide, major criminal industry. And this is my main disagreement with Peter Hitchens stance. Criminalising drug use extends the self-damage caused to the user to massive damage socially to the greater numbers of non-users simply because drug use is criminalised. It provides a huge bonanza to world-wide organised crime as happened with Prohibition.
I agree completely that drug use is wrong, but take the view that criminalisation creates greater problems.
But the reason I have posted Mr Hitchens article is my complete agreement with the title. “Our elite is corrupted by drugs”.
I am working class. I went to a posh grammar where I witnessed first-hand that children of the millionaires and social elite such as having near relatives in the higher bands of the police lived under a more relaxed application of laws, draconally applied to us lesser mortals. They even boasted about it. Driving tickets? Forget about it. Smoking dope? Just a youthful foible. Get a criminal record that stops your career before it starts – doesn’t happen to them.
So they are encouraged by their families and social class. Laws apply to other people. But – after school I shared a student house. One girl came from exactly that higher social class. The kind who has their child’s portrait painted by an eminent artist for their 18th birthday, and is given “just a small flat, dear” when they graduate. En-cultured to the view that laws applied to other people not her she gaily embarked on attending every student protest going to show how engaged she was with the suffering of the down-trodden. To her amazement on one such jaunt she was arrested carrying an offensive weapon. To her horror she was dragged to court where the ever-elastic law which is applied to her social caste engineered her escape. But the cost wasn’t free. A deal had been struck and now she was the slave of the secret state. Yes, she would have a career, but was now a puppet or the get out of jail card would be recalled. (And yes, she loved those recreational drugs and lots of recreational sex). She had walked into a trap. She was now an asset.
So I agree one hundred percent with Peter Hitchens statement “Our elite is corrupted by drugs” but not on the basis that people with infantile minds engaging in self-destructive hedonism, the indulgence of which they view as their birth-right, need to be protected from their own folly.
Secret police and spies actively encourage the naive, ignorant and unwary to engage in crimes as they can then be blackmailed by threat of imprisonment into doing exactly as they are told.
The last thing police/spies want is for drugs to be de-criminalised. The silly elite kid who takes drugs can be used to leverage the cooperation of their well-connected parents, and as their career blossoms in turn become the tool of their very own political masters.
If you want our elite to become un-corrupted by drugs, Mr Hitchens, the best way forward to free all those upper-class puppets is to have drugs de-criminalised.