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David Cameron Not Saying He Did And Not Saying He Didn’t

Monday, February 12th, 2007 at 10:18 by Eliza E. Lanyard

Yesterday die-hard Tories woke to the news that their leader smoked cannabis whilst at Eton. The Observer led with the story that aged 15 he had been disciplined when a school investigation revealed he and a number of other pupils had been smoking cannabis. His punishment was to be ‘gated’ which apparently means being deprived of all privileges, barred from leaving the premises and not allowed to have visitors (not being tied to a gate whilst people walk past and throw things at you).

Mental shockwaves could be felt across the land as they valiantly battled with a sense of logic dictating that, in the face of evidence to the contrary, any kind of drug use at all inevitably leads down a slippery slope of illegal activity resulting in addiction, anti-social behaviour, stealing to fund said addiction and general descent into drugs hell.

Maybe for some, but certainly not for all of around one in three British adults who have tried some kind of illegal drug at some point.  Of course some may argue that Cameron’s life has descended into hell on earth: Leadership of an out of date political party beset by infighting and illogicality (Is there another kind? Ed.) can’t be easy. It must have been quite some weed to turn his 15 year old head to thinking ‘I know, I’ll become Tory leader’.

I agree when he says that he is entitled to a private past, especially when his past contains something that is a relatively commonplace occurrence and such a minor infraction of laws which are at best contrary. And, of course, I wouldn’t want to be reminded of my own behaviour at 15. Sneaking off to drink cider with mates isn’t just bad - its toe curlingly embarrassing. As for writing Kazza loves Steve on the back of bus seats, well, that’s just naff.

We can only hope this will lead to a more intelligent discussion about drugs, drug use and the kind of behaviour we can expect from politicians…



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9 Comments on “David Cameron Not Saying He Did And Not Saying He Didn’t”

  1. Foz Says:

    I can’t help wondering how this is a story to anyone anywhere. So he smoked a bit of dope. It’s only the crusty remnants of stalwart Conservatism who are ignorant and bigoted enough to care. Nobody else does. The other 99% of the population are flummoxed as to how the hell this is front page news.

  2. DannyMackay Says:

    Can’t help think “I deserve a private past” about something as minor as smoking dope smacks a bit of “i don’t want people asking more interesting questions about my past”

    but ho hum.

  3. Stephen Ball Says:

    If he’s NOT a completely different person than he was at 15, I’d be worried. Most papers are saying it’s only the arch-conservatives who care anyway, which sounds about right.

  4. Tez Burke Says:

    I’ll tell you why it’s a story - it’s there to keep Jack Straw’s antics with Fiona Jones (the ex-Blairite MP for Newark who was caught with her fingers in the till and found dead recently surrounded by 15 bottles of whisky) off the pages of the papers.

  5. DannyMackay Says:

    If the papers printed that they would be facing some pretty big payouts - Unless they have some incriminating evidence to back up such rumours.

  6. Eliza E. Lanyard Says:

    Really? Sadly it wouldn’t surprise me.

  7. DannyMackay Says:

    remember - being true is no guarantee something isn’t libelous.

  8. Roger Thomas Says:

    Entered the two names in blog search found other blogs, also

  9. theo Says:

    Sadly the comment on fiona jones is quite simply a vicious News Of the World type slur . Apparently as an alcoholic one would expect drink to be involved and the ‘fingers in the till’ doesn’t reflect her clearance of the charges which were thoroughly investigated. Let this one rest in peace.

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