Professor David Nutt has been sacked from his job as chief advisor to the Westminster government on drugs policy; a move prompted by his disagreement with the reasons being given for the reclassification of cannabis from Class C to Class B.
He accused ministers of devaluing and distorting evidence and said drugs classification was being politicised. Alan Johnson said,
I cannot have public confusion between scientific advice and policy and have therefore lost confidence in your ability to advise me as Chair of the ACMD [Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs].
So simple, isn't it? If ever there's any conflict between scientific evidence and government policy, Labour want the public to be fed their version. Worse, they don't even want to be told anything that conflicts with their own view.
The report he was sacked for producing is here:
Who said Peter Hain was only member of the cabinet who would openly rubbish the findings of experts who Labour ministers themselves appointed to look objectively at the facts?