Thursday, 4 July 2013

Why I support the Qat ban

From the Guardian;
"They are always talking about a ban," said one Somali man in his 20s, who chewed qat from a blue plastic bag while sitting on a table where paperwork recorded the day's deliveries. "But if they ban it, I will go back to my home country," he said.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

seconded.

Curmudgeon said...

But of course this is a ban that will make little or no difference to the actual supply, and given ethnic sensibilities is not likely to be strictly enforced.

Corncrake said...

This will be another "Cast Iron" promise by Cameroon so I won't be holding my breath on this one.

Fidel Cuntstruck said...

More dog-whistle politics I'm afraid, all in an attempt to convice the proles that this government means business.

Fidel Cuntstruck said...

convince even :0/

Nick Drew said...

Nicely observed, Mr R

there are other perspectives on this issue, however - and other possible outcomes

Demetrius said...

This could become a Qat and mouse game.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Ha! But, on the serious side, it's yet more government ignoring proper science - which advised the opposite - and bowing to irrational moral panic.

As previously noted, it won't stop supply, just drive it underground. Political idiocy at its finest.

Anonymous said...

So the day after Aunt Theresa announces that we police stop and search to many minorities she announces a ban on a drug used almost exclusively by the fore-mentioned community.Great planning.
Jaded

Dan said...

There is one thing which makes this ban actually possible to enact: the active ingredient in qat is not stable.

As soon as a qat leaf is harvested, the chemical starts degrading. Qat grows only in the middle east, Yemen primarily, and is flown out to outlying places like Britain. So, if you heavily fine airlines for importing the stuff, or even just impound it for a week in warm conditions, then the chemical will degrade to uselessness.

Anton Diffring said...

You have been spammed by Podolski...

Anonymous said...

It is his right to go back to his home country if he so wishes. Her Majesty's Government is surely duty-bound to ensure his right is not infringed in any way.