Government by Personal Anecdote

It would appear that this is what we have come to.

Sigh.

Our eldest son, Will, once a highly academic, sporty, handsome, smiling young boy, began smoking cannabis at school with friends. He was fourteen. He soon began to change into someone we scarcely recognised, who stole to fund the habit that began to consume him. Pleas from us to stop were met with a shrug and the comments ‘the government wouldn’t have downgraded it if it wasn’t safe to smoke’. With predictions of nine excellent passes at GCSE, we could never have foreseen that our son would follow a route of drug abuse and destructive behaviour that would bring our family to breaking point.

Yes, sad. But no, not the basis upon which to threaten 10 million man years of prison (2million smokers, 5 years jail time each).

Not that such a threat would in fact reduce consumption. One of the oddities has been that consumption has fallen since the downgrading.

12 thoughts on “Government by Personal Anecdote”

  1. “He soon began to change into someone we scarcely recognised.”

    Sounds like a teenager, to me.

    “who stole to fund the habit”

    If it were legal he’d be able to buy it with pocket money, wouldn’t he?

    “Pleas from us to stop were met with a shrug and the comments ‘the government wouldn’t have downgraded it if it wasn’t safe to smoke’.”

    Yep, sounds like a teenager to me.

    “destructive behaviour that would bring our family to breaking point.”

    Sounds like a case of bad parenting. Oh Mr. Brown, won’t you come and do our job for us?

  2. Kay Tie, really!

    This is a brilliant idea! The gummint should send out a form to everybody in the country and ask them to list what they’d like to see made illegal, and then just ban everything that appears on any of the lists.

    Or we could cut down on the paperwork by just banning everything and only re-legalising it if everybody in the whole country signs a petition.

    That way everybody is happy and we all live in peace and harmony and safety!

  3. “Or we could cut down on the paperwork by just banning everything and only re-legalising it if everybody in the whole country signs a petition.”

    Ah, a fan of introducing Roman Law to Britain, are we? Well, line up in the queue behind Mr. Blair..

  4. “Pleas from us to stop were met with a shrug and the comments ‘the government wouldn’t have downgraded it if it wasn’t safe to smoke’. “

    Pleas from us to stop…? Pleas…?!

    What happened to doing a bit of actual parenting? He was 14..!

    ‘Oh, help me, Government, you’re my only hope!’

  5. Son does something already illegal. Parents call on Government to do something.

    How about grounding your bloody son until he stops.

  6. “How about grounding your bloody son until he stops” – Ha! Obviously not tried parenting a teenager, have you.

    The b*gg*rs are like the Devil’s Spawn.

  7. “Ah, a fan of introducing Roman Law to Britain…”

    Again the old falsehood. Roman law DOES NOT mean that everything not codified is banned. Jesus wept.

  8. I’ve read the article, the whole thing is a complete misunderstanding!

    The poor boy was driven to drugs because his mother was such an overbearing fuckwit. No wonder he hasn’t been in touch for five months. He hasn’t forgiven his harridan of a mother for spreading idle tittle tattle about him. What a fucking bitch.

  9. “a fan of introducing Roman Law to Britain”: the use of Roman Law in Britain is protected by the Act of Union.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *