Today’s _Telegraph_ [“splashes”:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/12/24/ncanc24.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/12/24/ixportaltop.html] on the news that the NHS is running out of heroin: Chiron, the firm that supplies the NHS, has suspended production while it tries to sort out problems with the flu vaccine it makes. Apparently the NHS gets through 640,000 ampoules of the stuff every month.
But, of course, the _Telegraph_ can’t say that the NHS depends on heroin. Instead, it explains that %(sane)”Thousands of patients with cancer who are approaching the end of their lives depend on diamorphine for effective pain relief. It is also used to treat heroin addicts.”% Diamorphine _is_ heroin. That’s the point. That’s why it is used to treat heroin addicts. This, surely, is political correctness gone mad, and at the _Telegraph_ of all places. Bah! Humbug! Merry Christmas to you all.