The Conservatives are having a leadership contest to replace Theresa May. One of the candidates is someone called Michael Gove:
Tory leadership hopeful Michael Gove has said he was lucky to have avoided going to prison for cocaine use but denied allegations of hypocrisy for criticising “middle-class professionals” who took drugs and wanted them to be legalised.
The British environment secretary said “drugs wreck lives” and his cocaine use was a “mistake which I profoundly regret”.
The British cabinet minister has admitted taking the drug on several occasions about 20 years ago when he was a journalist.
Asked if he should have gone to prison, Mr Gove told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: “I was fortunate in that I didn’t, but I do think it was a profound mistake and I have seen the damage drugs do.”
In my experience, there did seem to be a lot of cocaine used by middle-class professionals that I once knew. I used to regularly get offered lines of it, which I regularly refused, for the simple reason that it had no effect on me whatsoever. And I could never understand why anyone used it, or what effect it was having on them.
I suppose that this is the same attitude of many antismokers to smoking: why are the smokers doing it?
To be quite honest, I really couldn’t give a monkey’s whether Michael Gove used to snort coke in industrial quantities or not. Or for that matter whether he used to smoke pot. Or smoke cigarettes. Or drink beer. Or wear chinos or cufflinks or patent leather shoes. I don’t judge people by such things.
But I find it quite disturbing that he now feels it necessary to now declare that his coke habit was a “profound mistake.” Why couldn’t he just say, “Well, that’s what we used to do back then, and lots of people did it, and still do”? He comes across to me just like one of those ex-smokers who has become an virulent antismoker. He sounds like someone who will go whichever way the wind is blowing. And so in our prohibitionist era, he has become a prohibitionist.
And he also seems to have become a global warming alarmist as well, according to James Delingpole:
Gove’s speech rehearses the usual litany of man-made climate doom stories. He claims that sea level rise is accelerating, ice sheets are melting, flora and fauna are migrating to escape inhospitable climate, low lying atolls are in danger of inundation, combating climate change won’t affect prosperity, climate catastrophes are increasing, the Sahara is growing, hurricanes are worsening, weather is getting more extreme…
Ice sheets are always melting. Just yesterday I was demonstrating them doing so. They’re also always having new snow added on top.
Also, in the last leadership contest, which Theresa May won, Michael Gove seems to have started out as Boris Johnson’s campaign manager, before throwing his own hat in the ring, forcing Johnson to withdraw. So he seems to be a back-stabber as well.
All in all I think I can declare that one person I don’t want to see winning this leadership contest is Michael Gove.
Or is the Conservative leadership election going to descend into forcing everyone involved to confess their past drug habits?
Boris Johnson must give ‘clear answers’ about his drug use, Tory rival says
I couldn’t give a damn about Boris’ drug use either. Or the drug habits of any of the rest of them.
What I want to know about anyone is whether they keep their promises, pay their debts, and all that sort of thing. I want to know about their character, not their habits.
But perhaps that’s the difference between me and antismoking killjoys. They judge people by their habits and customs, and probably also by their clothes and hairstyles and shoes. They’re primarily concerned with appearances, and with keeping up appearances. Character is unimportant. Appearances are everything. And cleanliness is next to godliness.
P.S. It also seems that Gove might not implement Brexit:
Mr Farage pointed out that some candidates including Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, and Esther McVey were vowing to deliver Brexit on time, while others including Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, and Rory Stewart questioned whether it was viable at all.