Why must we tip­toe around this blight?

Scottish Daily Mail - - Weekender -

JUNKIES – sorry, the ‘sub­stance ad­dicted’ – are to be treated as though they are ill and not crim­i­nals, so is the lane be­hind the Mail’s Glas­gow of­fice now an al fresco hospi­tal?

I reg­u­larly see ‘pa­tients’ on its one long ward sur­rep­ti­tiously do­ing drug – sorry, medicine – deals and self­med­i­cat­ing by in­ject­ing.

By mis­take I stum­bled across Na­tion­al­ist Joan McAlpine hav­ing a spat with a Labour type about the sub­stance ad­dicted on Holy­rood TV.

I knew he was Labour by his red tie and he was miffed that Joan, a South Scot­land List MSP rarely spot­ted west of the Cree, had men­tioned ‘the Trainspot­ting gen­er­a­tion’.

The sub­stance ad­dicted, he said, are not chaotic types but are ‘just like you and me’.

Re­ally? They schlep to work, strug­gle to pay the bills and taxes, do they?

And that fine cit­i­zen who, out of his mind on some­thing, men­ac­ingly de­manded ‘Gie me two pounds’ in the heart of our big­gest city the other Sun­day was do­ing a lit­tle char­ity col­lect­ing?

MSPs bick­er­ing about the nomen­cla­ture for such peo­ple view this prob­lem through the wrong end of the tele­scope.

Yes, ev­ery junkie is some­one’s son or daugh­ter but we should not be so cowed by PC niceties that we can­not say they blight so­ci­ety and are noth­ing like the rest of us.

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