Nationwide it seems there has been a steady increase in begging whether through increased poverty and/or straightened circumstances owing to addiction(s). The problem local authorities have is, of course, what to do about it. Leamington Magistrates Court on behalf of the local council has issued one such vagrant with the ubiquitous CRASBO. This will solve nothing except that the offender will be before another court sooner or later on a criminal charge for which he will probably be imprisoned.
This little story is typical of so much that this and previous governments do in order to paper over deep problems in our society. Today`s announcement by the Home Secretary that she seeks to introduce new legislation on banning knives is just another pathetic attempt to remedy what are thought to be intractable problems. They are not. They require only honesty, money and a sincere wish to get to grip with one of society`s problems. If that requires authoritarian means so be it I say.
PS Last month on 21st June I predicted legislation on knives by the new Justice Secretary. I didn`t think it would come so soon. Seems I had the wrong department in mind but the right idea.