You have to admire Lord Sewel for many reasons, firstly after a lifetime of misguided Labour party membership he saw the light and bailed out in 2012 (according to Wikipedia). Secondly there he is at 69 years old still enjoying recreational drugs and prostitutes, so there is hope for all of us. He is an inspirational figure.
Of course our hypocritical gutter press are milking the situation for the maximum voyeurism and prurience but in reality the vast majority of British people don’t give a damn. In fact many quietly admire him.
Prostitution is brilliant. The state should not be allowed to dictate to women what they do with their bodies or how they earn money for themselves and their families. There is a huge amount of prostitution in Britain (look here) and it is about time it was properly legalised and brought into the formal economy. As New Zealand has done so successfully. (Click here for more on prostitution.)
Recreational drugs are also great. Our state has decided, on no good empirical evidence, to make some drugs legal and some illegal. Their choices are very wrong. MDMA is a brilliant and very safe drug, tobacco is a filthy, nasty drug that kills huge numbers and wrecks the lives of many more. It looks like the legislators were heavily drugged when they made their decisions. It would be best if EVERYTHING was legal. (Click here for more on recreational drugs.)
We know what real world drug usage is by analysing sewage for residues. London has the highest concentration in Europe of cocaine and the fourth highest of ecstasy. The use of these drugs is widespread and normal in society. It is our government that doesn’t live in the real world.
In the Czech republic all drug possession is legal, in Holland drug laws are not enforced, in Portugal there are no criminal penalties for drug possession and so on, around the world there are many places with a liberal attitude towards drugs, they treat drug use as a normal social activity and drug abuse as a medical problem, not a police problem. And all the evidence is that these places suffer far less social harm from drugs than countries like the UK, which criminalises their use, does.
So both prostitution and drug laws are very wrong. They are illiberal. They are examples of the state thinking that it owns us and can control everything that we do. These controlling laws are morally wrong and should all be repealed. We need to get the state back under control. And it is great that a legislator, Lord Sewel, is showing us what our attitude to these ridiculous laws should be.