Friday, 30 October 2009

Ex-postman sacks Prof Nutt: government shows contempt for independent advice

Professor Nutt has been told to resign as chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse Drugs (ACMD) after a series of controversial outbursts including accusing ministers of ignoring scientific evidence to distort the drugs debate.

This is a disgrace. It makes an utter mockery of the government bothering to have any so called 'independent' advisers. Prof Nutt had the audacity to tell the politicians how it was, i.e. that the politicians were pandering for votes by spreading propaganda and scaremongering, and in the process they were ignoring the scientific evidence.

Policy should be based on evidence as best it can, it should not be made up in order to satisfy the tabloids and it should not be drawn up by people with no detailed knowledge of the particular policy area. Just imagine what this kind of pathetic bullying does to all the government's independent advisers, they are hardly going to be inspired to giving their honest opinion in the future are they?

This government is an utter disgrace.

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