Posted by: Witch Doctor | November 8, 2009

Hold on! This is about freedom!

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It is difficult to take time off from blogging to do other things, because there is always some important drama or another going on in our society that seems to make the computer keyboard beckon.

Sometimes, My Black Cat asks me why these dramas happen.

Presumably she thinks they are part of The Great Big Conspiracy.

I just tell her I don’t know why, but it is probably connected to the complexity of a society that no longer gains from the healthy exhaustion that comes from hard physical graft required in earning a living from the land.

She thinks I’m nuts.

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Anyway, this drama is about Professor Nutt.

Professor Nutt was sacked as a government advisor.

FACTUAL ERRORS

ESTIMATING DRUG HARMS

CRIME AND JUSTICE

AUDIENCE WITH DAVID NUTT

JOHNSON “MISLED PARLIAMENT” OVER NUTT SACKING, LIB DEMS CLAIM

KNEED IN THE NUTS OR A SHOT IN THE FOOT

Everyone knows he was advising on something to do with drugs. Now, My Black Cat, on the matter of drugs, I have my views and you have yours. Your views and mine may be sensible, or they may not. You and I may disagree or we may not. You and I may agree with David Nutt. We may not. His committee may disagree with each other, they may not. The government seems to disagree with Professor Nutt, and his committee of experts. You may feel that you may want to be free to express your views if you want to, particularly when there is a disagreement. I certainly want to live in a country where I have that freedom. David Nutt may feel the same way.

Drug addiction is a difficult and emotive subject.

But that, My Black Cat, is not the point!

It does not matter what a Professor and his advisory team were advising on. It might have been education, finance, or whether it was good for everyone to drink bottled water umpteen times a day to “wash out their kidneys” and consequently boost the economy by increasing the sale of plastic.

It just does not matter!!!

An expert in his field, whatever that field might be, not employed by the government but chosen by government, to head a team all of whom gave their own time to use their expertise to try to help with a difficult problem, was sacked.

Why?

He had hard facts gathered over many years that informed his opinion. He voiced these facts and opinion as a professional, to professionals, in a professional journal and at a professional meeting.

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He did not stand at Speakers Corner or wander about the streets of London with a billboard, although in a free country he should have been free to do so.

It appears that the government did not like him behaving as if he lived in a democracy where freedom of speech is sacrosanct.

His opinion might lose votes perhaps?

His opinion might upset the alcohol mega-industry perhaps?

It seems as if it needed to be demonstrated that the state dictated what he was and was not allowed to say.

Do we now live in a country where independent expert advisors need to be sacked if they cannot be gagged?

Is this government making it clear that it only wants expert advisors who are creeping “yes men” who know their place as subordinates of the state, and are not free to speak out?

This appears to The Witch Doctor to be a deliberate attempt to destroy freedom of speech.

And you know where that can creep!

Don’t you, My Black Cat?

That is why we witches do not believe in gagging of any kind unless it is in very exceptional circumstances such as a genuine threat to national security or for example, where free speech might temporarily be detrimental to delicate negotiations which might free a hostage.

Assuming Alan Johnson regards the UK as a democracy, he was wrong to sack Nutt. If he did not intend to curtail free speech in the UK, if he did not fully understand the importance of the neutrality of The Scientific Method in a free society, then he should immediately ask Professor Nutt to resume his position.

Alan Johnson should apologise to Professor Nutt. There is nothing wrong with making a mistake. Once reinstated, whether or not he chooses to take the advice is a separate debate.

On the other hand, If Alan Johnson does not want experts to advise on difficult matters………..

If Alan Johnson does not regard freedom of speech as important……………

If Alan Johnson before he sacked him anticipated there would be an outcry …………….

If somebody was pulling Alan Johnson’s strings.…………..

Then, My Black Cat, I will begin to listen to all the rubbish you talk about conspiracies.

However, it may well just have been an error of judgement.

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