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Prostitution Bill

Jackie Smith the Home Secretary is to introduce a Bill making it an offence to have sex with a prostitute ‘who is controlled by a pimp’. It will not be a defence for the punter to say he didn’t know.

Politicians don’t live in the real world and even the police say this proposal will be all but impossible to handle. Prostitution has been around since human kind first stood upright and probably even before then. It doesn’t matter what laws are passed it cannot be stopped and the illegality of it only serves to make life more dangerous for the women.

If the politicians truly have the women’s interest at heart, as they say they do, then for goodness sake simply legalise the profession and licence brothels. The women are then protected, the pimps are out of work, the exchequer benefits from taxation and sexual health for those involved can be safer.

Yes there would be an outcry at such an idea from the usual suspects such as the churches but once implemented the real benefits would soon become apparent and it would all die down. Politicians should lead and not follow, otherwise what is the point of them?

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Lord Ahmed

It just gets better doesn’t it? If you are a Muslim AND a Lord you can almost get away with anything. Lord Ahmed admitted sending text messages while driving at over 60mph along the MI and to dangerous driving. The Lord hit a stationery car killing the driver, Martyn Gombar.

Ahmed was sentenced to a derisory 16 weeks in jail and has now had 12 weeks of that suspended by the Court of Appeal as an ‘exception’. One law for them and another law for the rest of us, well no surprise there then.

UPDATE: Lord Ahmed’s lawyer said that to keep him in jail any longer would have an adverse effect on his charitable work. I assume that being in jail would have an ‘adverse effect’ on just about every criminal’s family life, employment prospects and more; we’d better let them all out then?

The UK’s Shame

This country just seems to go from bad to worse particularly when it comes to human rights. It is such a shame when we used to be known for fair play, respect for the individual and for minorities and for observing the rule of law.

Today, despite a ruling to the contrary by the European Court of Human Rights the Government is to hand over two suspects (Mr Al-Saadoon and Mr Mufdhi) of the killing of two British servicemen in Iraq to the Iraqi police. Fair enough so far BUT if found guilty then they could be sentenced to death.

Since we in the UK abolished the death penaly and rightly so, we have refused handing over for trial anyone who if found guilty could be sentenced to execution. In addition, in this particular case the Government is ignoring the Human Rights Court which we ascribe to. How much lower can we sink?

US Vice President admits Torture

The Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney, admitted that he was consulted on the use of ‘water boarding’ torture in Guantanamo Bay prison and that he approved it.

That the US could sink to such depths is perhaps not that surprising but it is still a shock when the second in command calmly and coolly states that it’s OK to torture people in the name of freedom and democracy. There should be world wide outrage and condemnation and all those involved including the President and Vice President should charged with crimes against humanity and appear before a Tribunal at The Hague.

Why Boris Should Worry Us

There are undoubtedly some question marks hanging over the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Ian Blair, but it has always been that a man is innocent until proven guilty. Admittedly trial by the media seems to be getting the upper hand but that’s another story or blog.

The Commissioner of the Met. is appointed by whoever is the Home Secretary of the day for an agreed term and can only be removed by the Home Secretary in exceptional circumstances. Yet here we have the newly elected Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, effectively removing Commissioner Blair. Johnson, as revealed in The Guardian today, wants a temporary commissioner appointed as when (he assumes) a Tory government is elected in a couple of years, they will appoint one of their own kind. This should worry us all.

The Commissioner of the Met. is not only responsible for London but also for co-ordinating all British Police Forces and for counter terrorism measures nationwide. Each police officer will of course have their personal political viewpoint but in their jobs must be apolitical. When police officers in high positions are appointed by virtue of their political allegiance then yet another step has been taken towards total state control and another block has been removed from the foundations of our weak democracy. I and others have written about this gradual slide on many occassions. I do not believe, although some may disagree, that there is some great conspiracy going on but perhaps even worse, by default we are allowing ourselves to drift into a position where there is no going back, where state control is complete and dissent is all but impossible.

Knife Crime in UK

Freethinkeruk has just returned from a long weekend in Brittany France. Whilst browsing around the shops for a while, as you do, I came across a sport shop where, amazingly, almost an entire window display was taken over by knives. There were pen knives, lock knives, hunting knives, scuba diving knives, all obviously extremely well made and at reasonable prices.

Here in the UK there are laws banning the sale of certain knives and calls for a total ban are even being made along with, even weirder calls for all knives to be manufactured without a point; so hard luck if you’re a fisherman or a chef or many other legitimate users of a knife. Despite all this and various campaigns death and injuries caused by the use of a knife have increased but not as much as could be believed from the tabloid press. There is however not a dramatic increase in France where, as I said, knives can still be legally purchased over the counter.

When freethinkeruk was a young teenager (many, many years ago) nearly every boy had a knife which was most likely to be of the ‘flick knife’ design. Possession gave a mild feeling of bravado, an enjoyment in the quality, skill and design of it’s manufacture as well as being useful for carving bits of wood. It was never (or hardly ever) considered for attack or even defence when threatened and when past the age of around 16 was discarded or sold on to a younger lad.  What has changed is not knife possession but the willingness to use one in the UK. So what has changed in the last half centuary? It is true that there is far more more graphic and explicit violence on television and in films, video games almost invariably involve killing someone or something and war and our military is often glorified in the news items. I’m sure that in combination all these influences must lead to a somewhat deadening of our morals and sensibilities but not turn us into killers. During this period of time though, there has been a huge widening of the divide between those who have a lot and those who by comparison, have little. State control and surveillance has never been greater and opportunities for social mobility have been decreasing to the point where it is all but impossible for those in inner city estates and similar situations to achieve their potential. The frustration and indeed inner rage resulting from this oppression will inevitably vent off in vandalism, graffiti or violence.

More restrictions will do nothing, what is required is social change on a huge scale which this government will not give and neither will any potential replacement. The only hope is for enough of us to think for ourselves to demand change. It is possible and hopefully this blog will in it’s very, very, small way will help along with other voices in the wilderness.

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