Posts Tagged ‘drugs’

These last couple of weeks have proved to be very tricky for Gordon Brown and his beleaguered Labour government. We had the row over immigration after Nick Griffin’s controversial appearance on Question Time, and the contentious sacking of Professor David Nutt after he dared to state his belief (and pretty much scientifically-backed view) that cannabis was far less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. Coming so soon after the scandal over MPs’ expenses as well as the general feeling of disappointment over how his Cabinet have handled the worldwide economic down-turn (in their defence I think they were damned whatever they tried to do), these represent damaging blows to a Government which is already holed below the waterline.

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It’s amazing how the mighty can fall so quickly. Andre Agassi published his autobiography today, which revealed how he lied to get out of a drugs ban. Agassi tested positive in 1997 but managed to convince the ATP that he had not done so knowingly, blaming it on his former assistant who was a known user of crystal meth. At the time Agassi was suffering his worst year as a professional tennis player, with his ranking dropping down to 141 at one point. He has confirmed the details of the letter he wrote to the ATP professing his innocence.

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