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Horse riding is now as dangerous as taking Ecstasy so should it be banned?

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As you’ve all probably heard, Professor David Nutt (and that appears to be his real name) has likened the dangers of taking Ecstasy to the dangers of horse riding. The Telegraph in it’s article dated 7th Feb 2009 refers to his role as head of the UK government’s drug advisory body and an article he wrote for the Journal of Psychopharmacology last month. Based on the facts pertaining to the dangers of taking this drug, it appears the drugs body is about to advise on the downgrading of the drug from class A to B. 

Much like the advice given by the same body on the dangers of Cannabis (check out Super high me if you get a chance), this looks like being ignored so why bother having a body at all? Nutt goes on to pose the question as to why society is happy to tolerate and in some cases promote other dangerous activities yet not recreational drug use.

The law, far from protecting the public actually makes criminals of what otherwise would be  law abiding citizens so isn’t it time we demand the application of common sense politics from our next leaders?


Written by sanchezdemarcos

February 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Posted in free speech, policy, quirky

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  1. I heard this guy on the radio on Saturday.
    he was being asked to apologise or retract his statement, but he refused, saying that he was not a spokesperson for the government but just asked to provide medical opinion to the government.
    And he’s totally right.
    Posh people go horseriding, so the more of them that get injured or worse, the better in my opinion.


    February 9, 2009 at 11:46 am

  2. Good on him.


    February 9, 2009 at 12:41 pm

  3. 2 good reasons why the following quote is ignorant… “Posh people go horseriding, so the more of them that get injured or worse, the better in my opinion.”

    1)Two of my greateset heroes (David Attenborough and Stephen Fry) are posh.

    2)One of earth’s pikeyest and most superfluous pieces of pond-life (Jordan the Social Appendix) is a horse-rider.

    In summary, being prejudicial to the posh (however tempting it is) and making generalisations about the horse-riding fraternity is wrong.

    Back on topic, common sense just doesn’t win votes or bring in lobbyists (not wealthy ones anyway) and that’s the nature of the politics business. It’s not about right or wrong, it’s about getting elected and getting rich. For example, why build cars that go 220 mph when the fastest you can legally drive is 70 mph? And why build petrol driven cars when other enviromentally-friendly alternatives exist?


    February 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm

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