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Serious question behind PM mirth

Published 28/09/2015

The new biography of David Cameron has prompted universal mirth, but also one or two serious questions.

Behind tales of Oxford "debauchery" is an attempt to revive rumours that dogged Cameron's campaign for the Tory leadership in 2005.

Downing Street should now address these rumours openly: senior ministers (including the PM) should straightforwardly state whether they have used Class A drugs.

This is not an intrusive question about politicians' private lives, nor is it a pedantic quibble about an occasional joint.

If senior politicians were frank about such matters, it would not necessarily end their careers.

There are potentially valid debates about legalisation of various categories of drugs, which can only proceed when our leaders are open about their own experiences.

PETER RUSHTON

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