Huhne Flip-Flops

Guido has made no secret of his support for Huhne (well apart from all that raising taxes nonsense), but it is a bit disappointing that he has changed his previously liberal position on drugs.

Before yesterday his published views were:

  • Acid(LSD) users “are well-balanced highly intelligent people”
  • Hash (Cannabis) “relieves symptoms of anxiety, promotes mild euphoria”
  • Opium users’ “sense perceptions of the normal world are converted into sense perceptions of the imagination. Colours, movements and shapes are serenely beautiful, as beautiful as a dream…”
Then when challenged on this by the BBC he said he did not “stand by” such views. Does he still stand by his proposed £21 billion of extra taxes now that the IFS has challenged him? That works out at a suicidal 5p rise in income tax!

UPDATE: Huhne voted for the smoking ban too.

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Quote of the Day

Writing in this week’s Spectator Diary, the former Chancellor and Evening Standard editor attempted to encapsulate how Boris operates…

“My children have the measure of our prime minister. A couple of years ago, my son and I went for a lovely Sunday lunch at his house in Oxfordshire — where he has a Kalashnikov mounted on the wall. Boris suggested we play a game. A tug of war, but with a difference. The rope is tied around your waist and the contest takes place across a swimming pool. If you lose you end up in the water, fully clothed.

That’s Johnson for you: fun, inventive but ruthless. I suspect his brother Jo had one ducking too many.”


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