Possibly the most ho hum news story of the past year has been the change in the drug laws of the state of Colorado to legalise the use of marijuana which can now be bought off the shelf. A more sinister sign of America going to seed would be hard to find. Lives are routinely ruined and at a young age by their use but these mind altering drugs are utterly acceptable. Smoking tobacco will also ruin your life by cutting it short at its end. The psychotropic drugs will tune you out but at a young age, and can make a normal life impossible. Many young lives are ruined by these various drugs which are not to be messed with.
I have followed the Nigella Lawson story particularly closely because it has almost overlapped the Rob Ford story in Toronto. Ford smoked crack cocaine but is an exemplary mayor of Toronto, or at least he is from a more conservative perspective, but has been continuously hassled by the usual suspects because of his cocaine use. Nigella is an icon of the modern age, famous for being beautiful and a celebrity chef. But she also took cocaine herself. But let us see from the way this is reported whether you can pick up even the tiniest hint of a campaign to have her disgraced and out of the public eye. The quotes are from her estranged husband, Charles Saatchi:
‘The truth is that she was taking illegal drugs secretly throughout the last few years of our marriage, often with her own child when she was far too young to even smoke or drink.’
He claimed that this ‘took place at an alarmingly frequent rate’ and continued. ‘That this practice seems to be considered acceptable behaviour in sections of the press is deeply disturbing, as is the notion that you can teach your children that drugs are a justifiable way to make “an unbearable situation bearable”,’ he said.
So just how much has all this damaged Nigella?
Ms Lawson is on holiday in Spain after the UK debut of her latest television show, The Taste, and press attention over claims at a recent fraud trial had died down.
The ratings, I forecast, will be higher than ever.