Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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Beginning today: a weekly survey of the things our rulers want to prohibit

IT is all very well banning a pastime such as hunting, but what when the activity or object within your sights is something which most citizens consider essential for day-to-day living?

Such is the problem that the government has with knives. Ideally, Mr Straw would no doubt like to outlaw these offensive weapons altogether. But that would inevitably mean that all bread would have to be sold ready-sliced, and that any steak which did not already fall foul of the beef-on-the-bone ban would have to be sold ready-chopped into bite-sized chunks which could be picked up by fork only.

The answer, believe some police chiefs and civil servants, lies in a DVLA for knives. In a pilot scheme in Coventry knife-buyers (even of fish-knives) are obliged to register their name and address, and the time and date of purchase, with the shopkeeper. …

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