The justice secretary, Robert Buckland, has hit back at the former drugs adviser David Nutt for labelling the government’s criminalisation of nitrous oxide hysterical.
Buckland said nitrous, also known as laughing gas or hippy crack, was a dangerous drug, and giving young people mixed messages could put lives at risk.
And, more to the point, I’m sick and tired of stepping over little piles of the cylinders in the gutter, where some druggie waster has parked up and emptied his car…
But maybe he’s right? Maybe he’s made a cool, calm, accurate assessment of the…
Oh, hang on!
Launching a new edition of his book Drugs Without the Hot Air, Nutt said nothing had been done to mitigate the effects of alcohol on people in the last decade. He said people would only get health benefits from alcohol if they limited themselves to half a unit – a third of a glass of wine or half a pint of beer – a day.
A new book to publicise, eh? Well, it’s not as if authors need to say bonkers things to get their names in the papers, is it?
“What I suggest you do is you order a standard pint or a standard wine glass and three straws and share it with your friends,” he said. “We see a continual attempt to undermine the concept of alcohol harm by saying it has health benefits.”
Yeah. That’ll do it.