The BBC Kills Teenagers

On Monday, a 16 year old from south London, Daniel Spargo-Mabbs,┬átragically died after taking ecstasy. Yesterday, the BBC’s London TV News carried extensive coverage of the boy’s funeral, focusing on the faces of crying teenagers, while solemnly reporting another drug death.

Except of course, Daniel didn’t die from taking ecstasy. If he’d taken ecstasy, he would still be alive today. His parents have been tricked into joining yet another crusade against ecstasy, just as Leah Betts‘ parents were, two decades ago. Betts wasn’t killed by ecstasy either (she died of water intoxication after drinking rapidly 7 litres), but for a decade after her death, morons would scream her name at anybody who tried to argue against the moronic criminalisation of the drug. If you read the reports carefully, you’ll see that Daniel’s post-mortem was “inconclusive”. He may have died from drinking, or from water intoxication, or from some other drug that adulterated the pill he took. But not from taking ecstasy.

Daniel is being used to orchestrate a moral panic over a safe drug, just as Leah was. It’s not hard to see who might benefit from such a panic. 9,000 people died last year after using Britain’s second-most dangerous recreational drug, alcohol. 9,000 died the year before, and the year before that. Can you name any teenager who OD’d on booze and was used by the media to highlight the dangers of drinking? No? Me neither. And yet alcohol kills around 1000 British people for every one who dies after using ecstasy.

Morons don’t understand statistics, but they understand sad stories. They remember Leah and they will remember Daniel, but the many more victims of alcohol will go to their graves unnamed.

Why this panic, and why now? Because ecstasy is at its most popular in many years. Clubbing is back, dance music is back, and ecstasy (MDMA) is back. Parents should be pleased that their kids are choosing an alternative to the killer drug, ethanol; they should be pleased that their kids are dancing rather than drinking and fighting; but the alcohol industry is seeing its revenues dented by the club scene, as it did in the 1990s, and it’s fighting back hard. Daniel is the face of their new advertising campaign. And it hasn’t cost them a penny.

The moronic BBC, and the other media outlets that deliberately mislead the public about the relative safety of drugs, should be held to account for their lies. They are pushers for the alcohol industry. They should tell the truth, and they should apologise for the many deaths that they’ve caused.

This is the truth:

People die from drinking because every competitor to alcohol is banned. The alcohol industry must be delighted; imagine if the government intervened in every market in this way.

People die from taking dodgy pills because the government refuses to regulate the recreational drugs industry, and allows pills to be sold without testing or labelling.

People die from water intoxication because the government refuses to allow teenagers to be taught how to take drugs safely.

People die from snorting dodgy cocaine because the cocaine industry too is unregulated, and the powder sold as coke in the UK is cut with various other things.

The alcohol industry kills kids. The government kills kids. The BBC kills kids. The mass media kills kids. It’s an insult to┬áDaniel Spargo-Mabbs that he should be exploited in this way after his unnecessary death; but a multi-billion pound industry requires that teenagers continue to die.

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3 thoughts on “The BBC Kills Teenagers”

    1. Correct. Because the alcohol industry lobbies for prohibition of mind altering drugs other than alcohol – it wants a monopoly (as any economist will tell you, this is standard practice for large corporations). In a free market (undistorted by prohibition) kids might well choose to take drugs other than alcohol instead of alcohol, and (many of) those illegal drugs are far less dangerous than alcohol. Our prohibition laws are largely based on historical accident (what was pushed by big business) rather than any medical criteria.

  1. This is an excellent article …..thank you .i had worked in the alcohol industry for many years and what you have said is fact – well done .you might in the future look at why they do this morally I mean we may well ask “how can these people sleep at night ?” Because they see us as ‘morons’ that accept whatever they are told by the media thru their television sets who are so lazy we have allowed ourselves to be indoctrinated to these lies ….therefore we deserve it.
    Now, I do not like this argument but I can understand it …and of course It is much more complicated than my simplistic analogy but I’m sure you get it ….
    Just saying ,it would be a great follow – up. , thanks again (knew you had good things to say ,even if I do not always agree)

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