Tis a Monday morning, the birds are wheezing and the skies are grey..time to award my world famous and internationally renowned "Prat of The Week" Award.
This week it goes to Nanny's Home Economics Minister, Jacqui Smith.
Ms Smith has evidently had a rush of blood to the head, or is suffering from some form of delusion that she can change thousands of years of human socio economic history and human nature itself.
Banning prostitution (in a round about sort of way) and cutting down the number of lap dancing clubs (re the clubs...ermm didn't many of these sprout up during Labour's many years in orifice?).
Anyhoo, Ms Smith's great plan is that she will fine men who pay for sex with prostitutes who are "controlled".
Under the new offence, men would not be able to claim in court that they had not known the prostitute had a pimp or a drug habit.
"It won't be enough to say, 'I didn't know'.
What I hope people will say is, 'I am not actually going to take the risk if there is any concern that this woman hasn't made a free choice.' It would be quite difficult for a man paying for sex in the majority of cases not to fall under this particular offence."
Will she be prosecuting women who pay for sex with other women/men, or is that different in her eyes?
How will the state catch a man paying for sex with a "controlled" person, and prove that the person is "controlled"?
It sounds to me as though Ms Smith doesn't believe that women are capable of managing their own lives or making decisions for themselves without being drug dependent or "controlled".
Patronising isn't she?
Prohibition of booze in the USA didn't work and spawned the Mafia. Despite stringent drugs laws, Britain is awash with drugs and those that control the trade make a nice living.
This has no chance in hell of eliminating/controlling prostitution, the world's oldest profession, all it will do is drive it further underground thus pushing those who are most vulnerable further into danger and spawning further criminal activity.
When will Nanny learn that banning things more often than not causes even more problems?
Jacqui Smith, well deserving Prat of The Week.
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