Four New Square pupil reprimanded by BSB after drug arrest

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  • The high-horsed snobbery and ignorance of those judging this pupil is disgraceful. Now we have evidence, albeit anonymously, of how truly out of touch some in our profession can be.
    We wonder why engineers and scientists are ignored when politicians assume they know what is right. The problem is cultural elitism, as these apologists listened to the politicians of their time and their ignorant mentors. Engineers' warnings were ignored before the Challenger disaster. Scientists and health professionals have been ignored regarding drug policy and actual harms associated with drugs. Politicians fail to realise, after consultation with a wide range of professionals, how the drug policies they promote perpetuate the illicit drug trade, increase instances of money laundering and tax evasion, criminalise the powerless, and enable individuals to acquire illicit drugs with more ease than acquiring alcohol when under the age of eighteen.
    The individuals complaining about this pupil are the kind that perpetuate this out of touch mentality in all public discourse.
    The crime was not one of dishonesty, nor was it one involving power over another whether sexual or violent.
    The wider problem in society is not one of drugs, but of the kind of ignorance displayed in this discussion. That same kind of ignorance perpetuates the deficiencies in most genuine problem solving efforts. Shameful.

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  • drug users come from all walks of life - male and female However it is there the similarity stops as for the poorer to finance their habit becomes more and more impossible so they turn to crime. Others can turn to 'Daddy' for help with finance. Having a son caught out can only cause the family embarrassment, and they will need help in understanding the disease of addiction and denial. Maybe this youngster is not too hooked - YET! Becoming clean is easy. STAYING clean is hard work without ongoing support from all classes of society. Very often it is a feeling of abandonment that induces loneliness and lack of true love. Drugs - and alcohol is a drug make no mistake - ease that sense of despondency by acting as depressants.. I cannot believe that his Chambers will not support him IF HE WANTS in a visit to a recognised treatment centre . Many sadly do not do so until it is too late.

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  • What's wrong with elitism?

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  • N.b. 4 New Sq. has not kicked him out from pupillage but they have also not (yet) offered him tenancy. Provided he wants it, which I assume he might, he'll have just one more thing to worry about at decision time now. I have a feeling this will 'hover' for young Mostyn for quite a while one way or another.

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  • I think the 'coke is OK' people hugely miss the point.
    1. I don't think you'd ever find a pharmacologist who thinks that statement is anything other then pure twaddle and ignorance...but, more to the point
    2. The drugs trade is ruthlessly exploitative of tens of thousands of people, responsible for thousands of deaths in the supply chain and tens of thousands among users annually. It is run by some of the most evil characters in the world and the source of an immense amount of acquisitive crime..which we all pay for in a variety of ways even if we do not suffer directly from it.
    Every time you take a line, think about that. It isn't sanctimonious to condemn evil and it is hypocrisy (for a lawyer) and idiocy (for anyone) to condone it.

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  • Forgive me if I do not instruct him, but I doubt whether 4 NS would have been so sympathetic if he had come from a comprehensive-
    0ops, I forgot- he wouldn't have been there in the first place...

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  • I couldn't even function on a Monday morning if I'd had a coked up Saturday night...
    I would, quite rightly, have been stripped of my training contract for this intollerable behaviour. Why on earth does this chap get away with it? It's quite plainly NEPOTISM!!

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  • Anonymous | 30-May-2012 4:06 pm
    I'm not quite sure what point you are trying to make in your hostile rant, but two points:
    1. I don't think many scientists and health professionals would promote the use of cocaine as harmless.
    2. Drug policies don't perpetuate the illicit drug trade - drug users do.
    Unfashionable it may be to people like you, but there are quite a lot of people who don't condone illegal drug use, particularly by someone who is supposed to represent the legal profession.

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  • Anonymous | 7-Jun-2012 3:57 pm
    Agree with you on point 1., however in relation to point 2. you seem to miss the point that it is of course the actual drug policies which make the drug trade "illicit". Legalisation is a complex issue but there are arguments to be made on both sides. You may also be aware of the increasing pressure from South American politicians for the end to the destructive and ultimately fruitless "war on drugs".

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