THE Governments chief drugs adviser was expected to face calls to resign today after he criticised ministers for not reclassifying ecstasy, LSD and cannabis as being less dangerous than alcohol or cigarettes. Professor David Nutt, who heads the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, accused former home secretary Jacqui Smith of devaluing and distorting scientific research after she changed cannabis back to Class B from Class C last year. The academic has called for drugs to be ranked in a harm index, in which alcohol is fifth behind cocaine, heroin, barbiturates and methadone, and tobacco ranks ninth, ahead of cannabis, LSD and ecstasy. In a briefing paper for a lecture at Kings College, London, Professor Nutt attacks what he claims is an artificial separation of alcohol and tobacco from other illegal drugs. He also contends the risks of taking ecstasy are effectively no worse than those of riding a horse. Professor Nutt has been criticised by drugs charities. James Langton, a drugs counsellor with support network Clearhead, said: If we reclassify cannabis as less harmful than alcohol it could influence more children to take it up. The Home Office said that Professor Nutts opinions do not reflect the views of government. London Lite Thursday, 29 October 2009 15 Drugschief:Boozeis worsethancannabis Celebrate the first birthday of Westfields Meat & Wine Company at a charity dinner, in aid of the Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund. expect a four- course meal served by celebrity waiters. email reservationsw12@ 7pm-10pm, Meat & Wine Co, Westfield, W12; 60pp Must... eatmeatanddrink wineforcharity tonight! BBCpresenteris gaffer-taped to a wall in studentprank Showdown: BBC reporter Lizo Mzimba, locked himself away from students Drugs adviser: Professor Nutt Revelry: Mzimba, 30, partied with students A BBC reporter was taped to a wall after students found he was gathering research for a university documentary apparently to be called Shamebridge. After three nights of revelry students confronted Lizo Mzimba, 30, demanding to know what sort of documentary he was making, and he was forced to lock himself in a toilet. It was then that the BBC man, who started his TV career on childrens news programme Newsround, was stuck to a wall with gaffer-tape, surrounded by undergraduates chanting: Lizo Lizo, whats the news?!, says Cambridge Universitys student tabloid The Tab. The student newspaper told how Mzimba, now enter- tainment correspondent for BBC News, had been at the university for three nights two weeks ago. He was hang- ing out with several stu- dents, including a number of young women. On a Sunday night he was snapped hanging around the ladies toilets in Life night- club. The following evening he was photographed in the Vodka Revs bar with mem- bers of the New Hall Slippery Nipples drinking society. Two nights later, he was seen leaving Cindies nightclub on the arm of a bru- nette, along with 20 others from half a dozen colleges, to attend an impromptu student-room party at Emmanuel College. He was also spotted drap- ing himself over a number of girls, and, in one picture, appeared bug-eyed and sweaty after a night of heavy drinking. An eyewitness said of the gaffer tape incident: Its a shame we only had parcel tape and no electrical tape, otherwise he would have been in a world of trouble. Mzimba declined to com- ment and a spokeswoman for the BBC said the corporation would not be making any comment. by georgina littlejohn Research: Mzimba and pal Thin lips mean less dribbling... DrIbblING teapots could soon be a thing of the past. Scientists in France found that the drip that occurs after pouring is caused by a hydro-capillary effect that can be countered with a thinner spout lip coated in a non-stick material. Diners flee hotel restaurant blaze a FIre broke out in the kitchen of a london restaurant last night forcing diners and hundreds of hotel guests to flee on to the street outside. Nobody was injured in the blaze at Chez Grard in the Grosvenor thistle Hotel, Victoria. Picture:thetab H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html