Well, there’s a headline I never thought I’d type. But hats off to Brand in this exchange with the Parliamentary Home Affairs Committee on at least two counts:
1. He advocates abstinence-based programmes for cure and recovery. When the Church calls for abstinence, it is mocked. Brand knows from painful experience its importance.
2. He knows and understands that celebrity is ‘a vapid, vacuous and toxic concept’ and used to distract people from important things that are happening.
Watch this and cheer him on. I’m not convinced by his arguments for partial decriminalisation, but in the other respects I found this stirring and a huge encouragement.
Brand’s personal experience has led to an articulate and passionate response to this issue. I would agree that an abstinence-based program is the right way to go but would need to be backed up by love and compassion. And a preparedness by those offering love and compassion, as well as the person involved, to experience setbacks and hard work.
A continued recovery for Mr Brand!