Boris Johnson - cocaine & cannabis.

Jeremy Hunt - cannabis.

Andrea Leadsom - cannabis.

Dominic Raab - cannabis.

Rory Stewart - opium.

Matt Hancock - cannabis.

Esther McVey - cannabis.

Michael Gove - cocaine.…
House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has promised to raise allegations of drug use in Parliament with the Met Police, after traces of cocaine had been found in several lavatory areas.

These corrupt hypocrites want locking up.…
The Government estimates that last year there were around 300,000 opiate or crack users in England, & around one million people using cocaine per year.

The latest ONS figures for England suggest that one in 11 adults aged 16 to 59 years took a drug in the year to March 2020.
Meanwhile, following a decade of #austerity, drug misuse poisoning deaths are at a record high, having increased by nearly 80% since 2012.

The illicit drugs market in the UK is worth £9.4 billion a year, but costs society more than double that figure.
If health considerations, the cost of crime, & societal impacts are combined, the total annual cost of illegal drugs is around £19 BILLION.

Our Government of 'free-market' 'libertarians', who claim to care about 'law & order' AND 'personal freedom', are sanctimonious hypocrites.
Two drug dealers were arrested & 13 people were detained for possession of various drugs on or around the parliamentary estate which includes the Palace of Westminster in the 12 months to March. Those were among more than 200 crimes recorded on the estate.…

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Did you know that on December 5th 1921, the English Football Association (FA) passed a resolution BANNING women's football matches from being played in their stadiums?

I didn't! 🤯⚽️…
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Women's football was incredibly popular prior to the ban.
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Some people DO need removing from society.

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