Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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IT was never likely that our legislators would be happy banning just items purposely designed for killing people, such as handguns and samurai swords. There are some who will not be satisfied until the human environment is constructed entirely from soft substances which cannot conceivably be used as weapons.

The government's move to persuade bars to serve beer in plastic glasses has already been commented on in this column, but it seems even that is not enough. Julie Morgan, Labour MP for Cardiff North, has set out on a crusade to `ban the carrying of glasses and glass bottles in public'. How we are supposed to get our shopping home she does not explain, but presumably it will mean that in future we will have to buy our wine in boxes and our tomato ketchup in those red squashy plastic tomatoes that you used to see in transport cafes.

Admittedly, 'glassing', the act of attacking people with broken glasses and bottles, is one of the less charming aspects of our city-centres late in the evening. …

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