I missed what you’d have to call the punchline to the story about Michael Gove’s drug use: It’s not that the candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party (and with it the prime ministership) used cocaine even while scolding London liberals for wanting to legalize drugs, it’s that as education secretary he enforced a policy that put lifetime teaching bans on teachers who were caught with drugs. And defended the policy even after admitting that he’d put the stuff up his own nose.
It’s also that as justice secretary he was in charge of the prison system where people convicted of the same crime he committed were serving their sentences.
What does he have to say about it? “All politicians have lives before politics. Certainly when I was working as a journalist I didn’t imagine I would go into politics or public service. I didn’t act with an eye to that.”
In keeping with that, we’re amending the laws: Drug use will only be illegal for people who plan on becoming politicians.
So far, the news–if it is news–that Boris Johnson also used drugs doesn’t seem to be damaging his campaign that way Gove’s admission is hurting his. Ditto the assorted other candidates.
I’ll now leave the Gove drug story alone. Unless, of course, it gets even more absurd and I just have to update you.