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A sledgehammer to crack a Nutt?

The UK's chief drugs adviser Professor David Nutt has been sacked by home secretary Alan Johnson after criticising Government policies.

The UK's chief drugs adviser Professor David Nutt has been sacked by home secretary Alan Johnson after criticising Government policies.

Mr Johnson - until this summer the health secretary, of course - said he had 'lost confidence' in Professor Nutt, who has criticised the Government's decision to reclassify cannabis and attacked what he claimed was an 'artificial' separation of alcohol and tobacco from illegal drugs.

Professor Nutt's reply? 'Whilst I accept that there is a distinction between scientific advice and Government policy there is clearly a degree of overlap.'

'If scientists are not allowed to engage in the debate at this interface then you devalue their contribution to policy making and undermine a major source of carefully considered and evidence-based advice.'

Now we want to know what you think. Was the Government left with no choice other than to fire Professor Nutt after his outspoken comments? Or does his removal risk jeopardising ministers' independent scientific advice? Let us know what you think in the comments below...

Home secretary - and former health secretary - Alan Johnson has sacked the Government's chief drugs adviser, Professor David Nutt Home secretary - and former health secretary - Alan Johnson has sacked the Government's chief drugs adviser, Professor David Nutt

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