The big new in all of today's British papers is that Prince Harry has admitted to binge drinking and smoking cannabix. Prince Charles reacted to this by taking him round a drugs rehabitiliation unti to show him the damage that drugs can do.
The media reaction has been disappointing. Almost without exception the papers have dragged out the tired old "evil drugs menace" rhetoric and are talking about cannabis being a "gateway" drug that leads on to harder drugs. I've never understood the argument that says that alcohol, nicotine and caffeine don't inevitably lead to heroin, but cannabis does. Surely the only reason that might be true is that the person who sells you cannabis might also want to sell you heroin. Over the last 25 years I've known hundreds of people who have smoked cannabis and (as far as I know) none of them have taken heroin.
It's a shame that this has made the news now. We'd started to have a reasonably intelligent debate about illegal drugs in the UK. The government want to reclassify cannabis and many police forces have effectively decriminalised it. This will probably put the debate back by five years.
Personally, I see the binge drinking as a far more dangerous thing. Surely the police can identify the pubs where Harry was drinking. It's not as though the staff didn't know that he was under 18.