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Friday, 20 July 2007


Politicians would avoid what you justly identify as a piece of do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do hypocrisy if they refused to volunteer information about or answer questions about their youthful (or indeed recent) indiscretions. The politician who "confesses" to a little experimenting with hash ("but I didn't inhale") is risking being pressed by other questions: have you ever cheated on your spouse? have you ever stolen anything? have you ever had a same-sex experience? have you ever broken the law while driving your car? David Cameron clearly isn't fessing up to any dope-smoking at school or university because he did indeed indulge himself: the evidence is out there. I hold no brief for Cameron but I think he's right to say "it's nobody's business". I didn't feel that I needed to know that some ministers smoked when young but now that I do I wonder which of them dropped acid, took speed, snorted coke or did any other recreational drugs. If you open Pandora's box, you may come to wish that you hadn't.

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