While shopping at my local Homebase today, I saw two young women, seemingly of south east Asian origin, attempting to buy a saw - the sort of all purpose one you might use for cutting shelves to size, or perhaps taking some branches off a tree. The assistant explained that 'Home Office rules' meant that they could not sell the saw without seeing proof of age, and indeed the counter was displaying a leaflet explaining that Homebase and the Home Office were working together to clamp down on knives sales to under-16s. Though as far as I know, blade-wielding hoodies don't tend to go in for wood saws.
Is there a hidden crime wave of saw-wielding twenty something Chinese lady carpenters, or has common sense gone completely out of the window?
Dangerous people. Glad Homebase put a stop to them before they went out and madly sawed some logs into dangerous terroristical pieces. Glad to see that (pauses to try to remember who on earth is home secretary) hasn't yet managed to revert all the screwball NuLab anti-terrorism policy conveyor belt kneejerkism that was Blair's offering on his knees to Bush at some "conference" or other. Hurrah for sensible government!
They should have demanded to read a notice translated into Chinese.
Homebase is discriminating against the ethnics? The two women should be consulting lawyers right now. There's loadsamoney to be made from insanity like this.
BTW The whole "possession is a crime" concept is flawed. It makes law abiding people subject to the whim of the State and its agents. It makes people guilty by default and must be repealed.
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