Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne brushed off fresh claims by a former dominatrix friend that they’d taken cocaine together in the 80s, this week delegating a publicist to sniff ‘the allegations are old and we deny them.”
Ex-escort agency boss Ms Natalie Rowe, 47, first told tabloids that she’d snorted coke with Osbourne regularly in 2005, supplying a photo to the newspapers in which stood side by side with him, in front of a suspicious line of white powder.
Repeating her accusations on TV this week she remained defiant. (http://bit.ly/pZHXXI)
“There was definitely, there was cocaine on that night on the table. George Osborne did take cocaine on that night. And not just on that night. He took it on a regular basis with me, with his friends,” she told ABC Australia.
“There were more witnesses, not just me, that witnessed George Osborne taking cocaine. So it's, you know, there are other people out there that know the truth.
On that particular night he had taken a line. And I said to George jokingly that when you're prime minister one day I'll have all the dirty goods on you. And he laughed and took a big fat line of cocaine,” she claimed (New Statesman: http://bit.ly/ok9Adq )
US Right wing poster girl and family values exponent Sarah Palin, meanwhile, was also facing accusations of snorting ‘cocaine off a 55 gallon oil drum while snowmobiling with friends’ (Daily Mail: http://bit.ly/rh2Dy3 ) this week, as details emerged of Joe McGinniss's soon to be published biography ‘The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.’
Tony Newman, communications director for the Drug Policy Alliance, said “past or current drug use should not be worthy of ridicule - but hypocrisy should be’.
“I have mixed feelings when I hear about Palin and other politicians' drug use,” the civil liberties campaigner argued.
“The revelations are beneficial by helping shatter the myth that if you try drugs you are going to be an unproductive person who ruins your life. But the hypocrisy is infuriating. Our prisons are exploding with more than 500,000 people behind bars for nonviolent drug offenses - and these politicians are perpetuating the policies that created this catastrophe.”
"It is time for voters to punish elected officials - not for past drug use, but for supporting draconian laws that lock up so many of our brothers and sisters for doing what so many of our elected officials do themselves.” (Alternet: http://bit.ly/pXZkmm )
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