It turns out, members of parliament indulge in hard drugs, even on Parliament grounds. While looking at modern British policymaking this may seem obvious in hindsight, there are nevertheless conclusions to be drawn.
Unnamed sources in Parliament told The Times it was common knowledge that some MPs used cocaine, with evidence found “in 11 out of 12 locations tested in the building, including places accessible only to those with parliamentary passes.” Such passes allow their holders to enter the building without having their bags searched by security. According to reports, among the drug hotspots in Parliament were the lavatories near Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s and Home Secretary Priti Patel’s private offices.
The report alleges that some members of Parliament have indulged in illegal substances at house parties too, even in the presence of journalists. One brazen ex-minister reportedly put his dealer on the parliamentary payroll, claiming the man was a member of his staff. “That same former MP is rumored to have dealt drugs himself,” The Times claims.
A government rife with politicians using drugs.
The first and most obvious angle to look at this is seeing it as the proverbial log in the eye of the democracy advocates when they go on and on about how corrupt undemocratic regimes are. While there are, obviously, corrupt undemocratic regimes, the claim tends to be that democracy is the great solution to government corruption, with various arguments to that affect having been drawn since the start of the liberal movement against the traditional monarchies.
We know in historical hindsight that both the “Glorious Revolution” of the UK and the French Revolution brought about regimes orders of magnitude more corrupt and opaque than the ones they toppled. The fact that an evil degenerate like Marquis de Sade had found a place right at home among the democratic revolutionaries can be seen as a most amusing foreshadowing of the debaucheries we would come to see democratic regimes champion.
As it was then, so it is now: the oldest democracies in the world continue to show their corruption even as they revel in their unfounded claims of moral superiority. And while this recent episode is one of the most visceral and shocking cases of corruption, it is by far not their gravest.
The amount of corruption on the policy level far exceeds most if not all undemocratic regimes criticised under this false narrative of democratic morality. While the US and its Military Industrial Complex tend to be the most cited, a British example is called for here, and in my eyes, none can beat the profiteering Theresa May’s husband achieved from her support of military intervention in Syria.
The second aspect of this is the fact that the law does not seem to apply to MPs. The possession of class A drugs, which includes cocaine, is punished by up to 7 years in prison and is a strict liability crime. The supply of such drugs is punished by up to life in prison. I don’t believe there is a single person who can say they expect any MP to be investigated, let alone be punished. Unfortunately, I also do not believe this will deter any of these MPs or any democracy fanboys from making grandiose claims about the supposed intrinsic links between rule of law and democracy.
Finally, there is a point to be made about inhibiting substances in general. While secular law has to some extent shared our opposition to drug use, we should do well to remember that Churchill, arguably the most famous face of British democracy throughout history, was an alcoholic. The enlightened democracies of the world were always fine with being ruled by these sordid degenerates, whose career includes creating the Bengal famine which killed around 3 million people, most of which were Muslims.
For them the drug use can only be regarded as a mere step in a road they were always on. We, as Muslims, ought to do well to never stray from our righteous path into that one.
Een gedachte over “De corruptie van democratische regimes”