… is immoral in principle and unworkable in practice …”
The start of a full-page advertisement in today’s edition of The Times fifty years ago
Among the signatories and sponsors a number of doctors, media people (David Dimbleby), artists (David Hockney – and Derek Boshier from Portsmouth), Kenneth Tynan, George Melly, and the Beatles.
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The consequence half-a-century on is of course that the law remains. For what it’s worth, my views are stated quite clearly in my new book – amazingly I smoked the stuff for more than 30 years without becoming addicted to heroin or turning into a psychopath. For some years I haven’t touched it and probably never will again, but I’m very glad I did.
Also this past weekend, once again the Birdcage was only open on Saturday night with the penultimate appearance by the band that played there far more than any other, Jimmy James & the Vagabonds.