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Yes, A Politician Really Did Suggest All Knives Should Have GPS Trackers Built-In

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

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