Although I'm not a purist Libertarian, I can support intellectually the legalisation of drugs, provided always that individuals remain wholly responsible for their own sustenance, health and welfare. I don't mind you being a smackhead if you can hold down a job, pay the rent on a flat and pay enough National Insurance (in the absence of a proper scheme) to pay for the NHS to treat your collapsed veins and failing heart. After all, I can tick these boxes for alcohol and tobacco, so why not for heroin and cocaine? Except that I viscerally loathe both smackheads and cokeheads. It's called prejudice.
I won't talk to someone in a social setting who has taken Cocaine. I walk away without comment. I won't employ a Cocaine user (and that includes designers) , entertain a cokehead sales rep, or have obvious Cocaine users on any of my sites. If you're bright eyed and babbling, sod off.
And because I loathe Cocaine I flare with anger every time some smart young panellist on the telly makes one of those quiet Cocaine 'in' comments, in a manner that says 'I know we're not allowed to talk about it, but hey, we're hip and cool and fash and of course we stuff mountains of the stuff up our noses'. Fine on ITV. OK on Sky. But, in my opinion, unacceptable on the BBC.
If the government are serious about keeping Cocaine illegal, they need to make an example at the BBC. All on-air presenters, commentators, panellists and the like should undergo regular pre-broadcast coke testing and be taken off air if they fail. They should introduce weekly regular testing for all BBC executives earning over £50k, with a three-strikes-and-out change to their contracts. The BBC should become a coke-free zone.
I'm fed up with coke. My one-man boycott of coke-users may be a small gesture, but at least I'm fighting back against this curse. That's my freedom.