England has a knife crime problem at the moment. Cities like Birmingham and London have experienced a rise in stabbings and it’s deeply upsetting. Sadly it never takes long, during periods of national grief, for a politician to come up with a stupid plan that involves technology.
Today’s lunacy comes from Scott Mann, who’s the MP for North Cornwall. He suggested, in a Tweet, that all knives sold in the UK should have an embedded GPS tracker presumably so some shadowy knife agency can build a control room somewhere to watch what all the knives are up to.
But this is an idea so stupid that I’m fairly sure Mann is auditioning for a writing job at The Onion.
Here’s what he said:
“Every knife sold in the UK should have a gps tracker fitted in the handle. It’s time we had a national database like we do with guns. If you’re carrying it around you had better have a bloody good explanation, obvious exemptions for fishing etc.”
This article originally appeared on Forbes