"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.
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.
This will be another "Cast Iron" promise by Cameroon so I won't be holding my breath on this one.
More dog-whistle politics I'm afraid, all in an attempt to convice the proles that this government means business.
convince even :0/
Nicely observed, Mr Rthere are other perspectives on this issue, however - and other possible outcomes
This could become a Qat and mouse game.
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.
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
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.
You have been spammed by Podolski...
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.
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