Following the trailblazing path set by Toronto’s infamous mayor Tom Ford, Britain has gained its own high-flying narcotics user.
Over the weekend it emerged that the Reverend Paul Flowers, a former chairman of the embattled Co-operative Bank and a Methodist minister, had been caught on camera buying and using an array of banned drugs including crack, ketamine and crystal meth.
Immediately, headlines screamed “Crystal Methodist”, while Twitter was set alight by the news.
Here are some of the reactions:
Dear Rev Paul Flowers, I hear Toronto is looking for a new Mayor…
— Gareth Baines (@GABaines) November 16, 2013
First tabloid to go with “Crystal Methodist” re: Paul Flowers tomorrow morning should sit in the naughty chair.
— Jonny Rose (@98rosjon) November 16, 2013
Paul Flowers. The guy who put the ‘meth’ in Methodist.
— Paul Richards (@Labourpaul) November 16, 2013
Hell, loads of bankers are coke-heads. The problem is that Paul Flowers wasn’t even much of a banker #CoopBank
— Tony Durham (@rhamdu) November 18, 2013
With a gap in finances of £1.5 billion the chairman of the Co-Op bank Rev.Paul Flowers apologises having being caught buying crack cocaine.
— Jake O’Kane (@JakeOKane) November 18, 2013
Lifeline Project, the anti-drugs charity where Paul Flowers was a director until 2004, says it is “disappointed to hear the news.”
— Margot Patrick (@margotpatrick) November 18, 2013
Flowers, who chaired the Co-operative Banking Group and the Co-operative Bank for three years, said in a statement: “This year has been incredibly difficult, with a death in the family and the pressures of my role with the Co-operative Bank.”