The Tories’ back-of-a-fag-packet proposals to force addicts in receipt of benefits to accept treatment are unfunded — despite potentially costing millions to implement, Scrapbook can reveal. According to the DWP’s own figures, nearly 90,000 people receive disability benefits where their drug or alcohol problem is their “primary disabling condition”. The department admits this is likely to be an underestimate. But when asked by Scrapbook […]

Image above with apologies to US gossip blogger Perez Hilton With ‘Crystal Methodist’ Paul Flowers linked to both Ed Miliband (as a business adviser) and a large Labour donor (in the Co-op), David Cameron seemed determined to spend the whole of PMQs joking about “mind altering substances” — before his jibes backfired spectacularly. Lobby hacks sensed Cameron […]

Did this Comment is Free article get David Nutt fired? Using the media to accuse ministers of “distorting” and “devaluing” scientific evidence on drugs may not have been the most tactful thing ever done by a government advisor, but if Alan Johnson’s intention here is to dampen down a difficult political issue Scrapbook predicts this will have […]