MP duped but un­daunted

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

An MP duped by a spoof doc­u­men­tary feels a “fool” but is de­ter­mined the in­ci­dent will not de­tract from his se­ri­ous work against il­le­gal drugs.

Ross Thom­son was at the cen­tre of ridicule and criticism yes­ter­day for his ap­pear­ance in an episode of Chan­nel 4’s satir­i­cal com­edy Min­istry of Jus­tice.

It fea­tured a sup­posed smart­phone app called In­stant­Grammes which he was told helped ed­u­cate chil­dren pro­duc­ing co­caine in South Amer­ica.

The Aberdeen South Tory ad­mits he should not have been taken in by the scam and must be more care­ful in fu­ture.

But in a column for to­day’s Press and Jour­nal he also says the episode must not de­tract from the is­sue of drug abuse.

“Ob­vi­ously, this all makes me feel very fool­ish,” he writes.

“I take my role as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment very se­ri­ously, and we all like to think that we would not fall vic­tim to this type of ruse, no mat­ter how plau­si­ble the team’s cre­den­tials ap­pear to be.

“But I think there is a dan­ger here of miss­ing a more im­por­tant point.

“Yes, I was taken in, but my re­sponse came from a gen­uine place. I care about this sub­ject pas­sion­ately.”

Scot­land is “los­ing the bat­tle” against drugs, he sug­gests, and needs to be tougher on deal­ers and more help­ful to ad­dicts.

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