A novel British idea: Let’s ban knives

I am not entirely sure whether Britain has the majority of the world’s supply of idiots (most of them apparently in government) or whether they just get better press than the rest of the world. God knows we see some supremely stupid things proposed in Canada and the USA, but Britain just seems to keep coming up with winners.

Now they are back on to the knife banning plan.

Police in the UK’s worst knife crime hotspots will be told to prosecute anyone caught with a blade, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said.

Mr Brown told The Sun that carrying knives or guns was “completely unacceptable” and that officers should stop giving offenders cautions.

Then the voice of reason – almost.

However, Camilla Batmanghelidjh, founder of the charity Kids Company, warned that the proposals would not address the underlying causes of knife crime – gang culture and the drug trade.

Unfortunately the voice of reason didn’t last for long.

She added: “I think it’s a good idea, but it won’t solve the problem.

If it won’t solve the bloody problem, why is it still a good idea?

And will you be in danger of being thrown into a cell if you are caught carrying a Swiss army knife? Let’s have some clarity here.

The Prime Minister then expanded on his idea.

Mr Brown added that he wanted to use teenagers as “test purchasers” to snare retailers illegally selling blades, and that he was considering outlawing the most lethal weapons.

He also said he was concerned about violent computer games featuring knives.

“No-one wants censorship or an interfering state,” he said.

“But the industry has some responsibility to society and needs to exercise that.”

What is the “most lethal” knife. A sharp one? A sharp pointy one? No doubt the “most lethal” knives will be those that look the “most lethal” to some bureaucrat. Sort of like the way the Canadian Liberal government decided what firearms should be classed as “prohibited”.

And the Prime Minister surely must have a sense of humour as I’m sure that he couldn’t have said “no one wants censorship or an interfering state” and kept a straight face. In Britain? What a silly thought.

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