Ban the Knife!

Our powers-that-be, including the meeja, seem to have got into something of a frenzy over knife crime. The opposition thinks that mere posession of a knife should carry a mandatory prison sentence.

Just a minute! They also report that most knife crime uses bog-standard kitchen knives. Have none of these politicians and journalists ever carried a kitchen knife (or several)? Maybe they all have servants to prepare their food, but I don’t, and I need a new vegetable knife. Am I at risk of arrest and imprisonment carrying it home from the local shop?

And how many of us never carry a swiss army knife? Try to envisage life without it, and that tin of pineapple from Three Men in a Boat springs to mind.

To put it in perspective, they say there’ve been about 60 people killed by knife crime this year. That’s about one week’s worth of deaths on the roads (excluding those brought on by pollution), but noone is talking about banning cars.

Posted on July 14, 2008, in politics, rants, uk. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. They intend to change the severity of punishment for the knife laws that have existed for over 20 years.

    It’s already illegal to carry a knife over 3″ in length and shorter lengths must fold (e.g. swiss army knives). You can carry knives outside this rule with “reasonable cause”. This includes having just bought one (in which case, it’s probably in a sealed-plastic packet) and should cover situations such as travelling to a friend’s house to cook, also. You wouldn’t have a kitchen knife wedged under your knife in that case. The police can and do use common sense.

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