Thursday, 18 September 2008

Ecstasy on the Radio

Did a brief spot on Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show today, discussing the potential downgrading of Ecstasy from a Class A drug to a Class B. I was up against Tory MP, Nigel Evans, who is very anti-drugs, but pro-pubs and alcohol. Still trying to work out the hypocrisy of that.

It was the typical media handling, with very little time for any serious debate and a whole load of snappy soundbites from both sides. Still, hopefully it'll sell a few more copies of E, The Incredibly Strange History of Ecstasy (he says, very cynically). I also managed to set the record straight on the death of Leah Betts, but couldn't comment of the death of Lorna Spinks.

Rather annoyingly they stopped the debate before I could ask some really juicy questions, and typically finished on the MP without further warning, which was unfair. But that's broadcast media for you.

You can hear the debate again here (for another week only by clicking on the Thursday button): http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/vine/ 

It's 1:09:00 into the show.

"Wake up" - Rage Against the Machine