Mandatory drug testing for Politicians

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Politicians are there to serve the people and they should do so with a clear head.

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The only people who should give up privacy in a democracy are the politicians running it. Why should they get away with a crime they enforce when just the punishments from that same crime could ruin our lives? We should all be treated equal, regardless of our wealth, ability or political status.
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Not really, if you have nothing to hide. Professional sports people are subjected to it. https://www.gov.uk/monitoring-work-workers-rights/drug-testing It's good enough for sports people
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Could be a slippery slope and end up with everyone being tested all the time, which is kind of authoritarian and invasive.

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Jim King

Is it illegal for the population, then it should be illegal for MPS.

Are the population checked at random or if they appear to be under the influence of drugs, then MPs should as well.

Don't treat them as special case, treat them just like everyone else.

Which would also quickly change their attitudes in a number of areas when they start having rules forced on them that they force on others and ignore themselves.

3 year(s) ago
Carl Peters

Yes but people do drugs in every walk of life. Lest we forget MPs are actually people after all!! And who is to say any traces of anything was anything even to do with MPs. A lot of people go through the House of Commons. Lobbyists, media, general public, and so on.

3 year(s) ago
Daron James

Yes, agreed, a lot of people do drugs and it's probable that some Politicians also do. But do we want that in government? Alcohol is by far the worst drug in society bar crack and heroin imo.

3 year(s) ago
Paul Chapman

Is there any actual basis for this beyond "hey, it hurts politicians so it must be good"?

3 year(s) ago
Daron James

How does it 'hurt' politicians?

3 year(s) ago
Carl Peters

I agree with you Daron. But then we need to demand that politicians are tea-total too, and then we would have an empty Houses of Parliament. Oh hang on a sec, there it is, we've found the solution!!

3 year(s) ago
Daron James

Carl, ha ha!

3 year(s) ago
Jim King

A politician should be treated by the Law in exactly the same way as anyone else is, for good and for bad.

To do otherwise is to make them somehow no longer part of the people and instead a separate ruling class that is treated differantly and given a pass by the Law.

That is far more wrong than anything else. Athletes cheat by using drugs to improve performance hence they are tested. Politicians gain no such benefit that can be seen.

If its illegal deal with it, otherwise don't. if you treat them as a special case they will act like a special case. Oh wait..............

3 year(s) ago
june mackendrick

this should extend to alcohol,.
It is not regarded as acceptable for most people to turn up for work under the influence of alcohol & is cause for disciplinary action and or instant dismisal in most jobs.
Alcohol is a mind altering drug, all be it legal, it affects mood, attitude & awareness,as well as physical & mental dexterity & alters behavior.
it is widely accepted that it is dangerous in the work place as a result of this, so why the hell should it be acceptable for those with responsibility for making the most important decisions affecting the health, welfare & economy of the nation, not to mention participation in wars be acceptable under the influence of alcohol?

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