I do

I notice that right-wing critics of the nanny state never call for the legalisation of drugs on the grounds that adults should be free to choose to be addicts or not.

13 thoughts on “I do”

  1. She doesn’t get out much does she?
    In addition to your point, and you are far from alone:- All young people spend their weekends off their heads on booze and drugs- All, really- every weekend?
    As for expecting NHS care- I’ll gladly give it up if they’ll only refund my contributions, including a lifetime of tobacco duty and some alcohol duty. I only ever paid them to avoid imprisonment.- Oh and I want my various employers National insurance contributions too- they came off my wages. All so politicians can preen about how caring they are without actually paying for it themselves.

  2. Hmm. I think you guys might be redefining “right-wingers” to mean “social liberals”. Given the history of right-wing politics (the term’s descended from the pro-Church, anti-Enlightenment faction at the French court, for starters), I’m not sure that’s a move you can reasonably make.

    (I’m proud to be a left-wing social liberal; but I’m certainly not going to claim that the history of the Labour party was about social liberalism, or that there’s any social liberalism inherent in being left-wing either. The history of the Liberal party, and its successors, mostly has been…)

  3. Legalisation of drugs has been a trendy conservative position for years. Do these people ever get out?

  4. Yet in the previous post and others, Tim, you claim to be left wing. You appeared not to consider yourself left wing last week when John B criticised you for confusing all lefties with environmentalist morons. You can’t have it both ways.

    Right and left are cluster concepts. The only reason liberals like us would like to claim to be left wing is because of this idea that only lefties care about the lot of ordinary people. But this simply isn’t true.

  5. I’ve been calling for all drugs to me legalised for years. And I’m a swivel-eyed hater of the State too. Or libertarian, if truth be told.

  6. John B: I think we’re observing that ‘right-wing’ and ‘socially liberal’ are compatible: not equivalent, but compatible. Just like you’re saying, correctly, that ‘left-wing’ and ‘socially liberal’ are compatible but not equivalent.

  7. I’d probably be described as right-wing, and as far as legalisation of drugs goes, bring it on. Just stop the loony left reclassifying drug addiction as a disability and making it impossible to fire habitual work-shirkers and we’re gold.

    Mandatory drug testing for crucial jobs, though.

    Oh, and drug-addled mother? Leave the kids here, and walk away. No appeal.

  8. The writer, Cosmo, appears to be really bitter about the concept of liberty – but then he was married to Julie Birchill so perhaps he wasn’t allowed out much. Many right-wingers I know (including the Daily Mail variety) do want drugs legalised on the grounds of personal choice – the associated reduction in crime/abuse would be just a happy bonus.

  9. And how about the political party you represent?

    I’ll take this as a ‘no’ shall I?

    Yes, there is a miniscule contingent of internet libertarians who would be happy to legalise all drugs. But as a general statement, the observation that “right-wing critics of the nanny state never call for the legalisation of drugs” is bang on the money.

    Tim adds: “represent” is a strong word for someone who is simply a member of a political party. I was a candidate, yes, I was a press officer, yes. Tenses, tenses….

  10. The problem with legalising drugs – which, for the record, I favour (the legalising, not the drugs) – is similar to the problem with open borders. Just as you can’t realistically have uncontrolled immigration and a fail-safe welfare state, so you can’t realistically have legalised use of incapacitating drugs and taxpayer-funded healthcare free at the point of use. It’s bad enough now when we have money that should be funding Aunt Flossie’s hip replacement buying methadone for junkies. Once heroin is legal, the morons who only abstain because of the illegality will be sucking up even more of the NHS’s resources.

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