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Drug Abuse by Elected Officials – Shouldn't They Be Held to a Higher Standard?

Last week, Matthew Chesher, husband of New South Wales’ (Australia) Education Minister and Chief of Staff for Member of Parliament David Borger, was arrested for buying an Ecstasy tablet. So far, no one knows of him buying it any other time, or using other drugs, or needing addiction help. In any case, he quit his own job the day after the arrest and now his wife’s position as Education Minister may be in jeopardy.

The media is, of course, having a field day. Some just reporting the facts, and some offering opinions. One opinion is that buying one Ecstasy tablet isn’t even important enough to make the media, let alone cost someone their job.

Is that true? Is that really the way we should be looking at this?

Some reporters are going on about the other things politicians or their families do and say that, comparatively speaking, this is nothing.

It is undoubtedly true that some politicians have done far worse – and I believe that would be true from anyone’s viewpoint. But the problem here isn’t that Mr. Chesher is being held accountable to taking drugs; the problem is that the other politicians or family members who have done ‘worse’ things have not been held accountable for their actions.

Personally, I’m not in a rage because Mr. Chesher bought Ecstasy.

But if anyone should be held to higher standards than the general public, shouldn’t it be our elected politicians and their families? Representing the population is a privilege, and with that privilege comes responsibility.

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