VICKY’S DRUG MINEFIELD
Pity the plight of Drugs minister Victoria Atkins.
Not only does she have the embarrassment of husband Paul growing cannabis (legally) for a living, but now she must wrestle with how illegal drugs can be tested for safety legally without falling foul of the law.
Legal minefield, eh, Vicky?
She’s got around this by leaving it to police to decide whether to turn a blind eye to what’s under their noses, saying: “We’re not standing in their way.”
More than 8,000 people came forward to have their drugs tested at music festivals over the summer. Not-for-profit drug testers The Loop set up shop at 11 rock concerts where stashes could be anonymously checked by chemists.
They found drugs four times stronger than usual, cut with such unsavoury ballast as crushed antimalarial tablets, bodybuilding supplements and plaster of Paris.
This, of course, requires police to stop being law enforcers.
But better that than for young people to end up dead. Last year’s General Election cost £140million. Not enough, apparently.
Constitution minister Chloe Smith says returning officers in 236 constituencies exceeded their expenses limit. On the plus side we’ll save £108million by cancelling next May’s EU election. But what if there’s a second referendum instead?
A leading Tory Brexiteer told me: “How ironic if the money saved by leaving Europe is then spent on staying in it.”