A BBC survey examining British peoples attitude to whether wannabe Tory leader David Cameron has used cocaine, has revealed that 66% of Conservative voters said it would make no difference to the issue of whether they vote for him.
Eight of ten voters questioned for the BBC TV Newsnight poll said they were equally unflustered with cannabis use by MPs, reflecting the increasingly tolerant stance adopted by newspaper columnists from the Mirror to the Times.
Sunday Times star writer Minette Marrin identified a generation gap, suggesting anyone who knows nothing personally of drugs must seem like a total dinosaur to the younger generation.
Taking recreational drugs is not in itself a moral matter, the family values advocate argued, It has always been one of the greatest pleasures and greatest consolations of humankind, found in all civilisations.
Daily Telegraph young gun columnist Sam Leith enthusiastically agreed, singling out the mid 80s as the cusp of a newly tolerant drugs generation.
For my own curiosity, I tried making a list of substances Ive used that I shouldnt have done and arrived at: speed (amphetamine), dope (marijuana), acid (LSD), ecstasy, MDMA, ketamine, amyl nitrate, cocaine, nitrous oxide, magic mushrooms, temazepam, valium, Salvia Divinorium and khat, he confessed.
This isnt the pharmacopeia of a determined drug fiend. Its pretty much what youd expect from an average, middle class drug tourist of my age and circumstances, he said.
Mirror columnist and former punk writer Tony Parsons was equally outspoken sneering what kind of squeaky clean, Bible bashing, prissy little puritan could grow up in the second half of the 20th century and not take drugs? Oh yeah, Tony Blair.
http://www.forensicmed.co.uk/pharmacology.htm (When alcohol and cocaine are ingested together, the liver produces the active metabolite coca ethylene.
The clinical importance of this metabolite has not been fully determined, but it has a longer half-life than cocaine (2.5 hours), and it is possible that it may prolong the cocaine high. . .)
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)