In response to Kathy Gyngell: Gove, cocaine and the death of the Tory Party,
‘Since we no longer live “in the 50s” we surely should have a more relaxed attitude. No, why should we?’
My parents always said that the 50s were the best time for young people to be alive in this country. That’s with young men having to do national service as well.
As for drugs, it might just help a teeny bit if known drug-abusing celebrities weren’t given gongs in each Honours List.
All exceptionally well put Kathy, so thank you.
As a youngster from an upper working class background studying in the late 60s at first Bristol, and then postgraduate level at nearby Cardiff University, I encountered no drugs. I suspect one less than industrious flatmate I unfortunately had used cannabis occasionally. Perhaps I didn’t encounter drugs as I didn’t seek any? But to me as a first generation student, studying was ‘my job’, until I got a properly paid job.
Now OK I was a science faculty student, but interestingly my wife, who also hailed from an upper working class background, yet studied art at what was then a polytechnic during the 1970s, also never encountered drugs. Again like me, she is a hard worker. Indeed she still is, having created for herself a good career in a highly competitive field.
But these revelations come as no great surprise and, as the article says, powerfully express the gulf between the liberal, metropolitan and upper middle class approach to life and the far more socially conservative mindset overwhelmingly prevalent out here in the shires of England and Wales. As for Scotland and N Ireland where I have never lived, I suspect that the same significant large city/country town and countryside contrast is just as evident.
So the crucial question is, how do we obtain for ourselves MPs who reflect our views? I don’t want any more ‘progressive’ politics, from blue, red or whatever insipid colour the LibDems hide behind. I want politics that works well for all the people of this country, including the young and vulnerable.
Dot Matrix wrote:
My cousin and her husband both worked at BBC and she tells me that drug use is rife there still.
He died from drugs and one son is in and out of prison on drug-dealing charges his whole life long.
I doubt there are any BBC employees who have not used.
These people are not entitled to tell us how to behave. Remove the oxygen of the TV tax from their addled brains.
I did laugh at the claim Gove ‘could have gone to jail’ for this. No he couldn’t, police have long not bothered to prosecute anyone for drug possession alone, hence the drug problem is totally out of control.
Gove is the personification of all that’s wrong with today’s Tory Party. They have betrayed conservatism, while fronting a party which is called Conservative. Their betrayal of Brexit is merely the logical consequence of their piece by piece casting aside of conservative values. We do not need them or their party.