Can a lush run the country?
They may make a big hue and cry about maintaining the prohibtion of a herb like marijuana, but the lifeblood of the UK parliament seems to depend on one of the most dangerous drugs we know - namely, alcohol. Westminster's status as an den of inebriation is legendary. Ironic then that the fate of Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy be the result of his having been seduced by the mind-altering pursuits of his colleagues.
Today's headline link above leads to an interesting retrospective.
There is of course one other thing that fuels the British government. Find it here.