An MP has been widely mocked for suggesting all knives sold in the UK have a GPS tracker fitted, and saying that fishermen could have a special exemption.
Scott Mann, the Member of Parliament for North Cornwall put his musings in a tweet, writing: “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.”
Many pointed out that this is an unworkable plan, as there are millions of knives in the UK, mainly used for chopping food.
Comedian James Felton wrote: “There are 66 million people in the UK. If every one of them owns just one knife that’s 66 million knives to keep track of you brain genius, how are you an MP?”
Former probation officer Tania Bassett added: “I like the idea that gang members will walk around in fishing gear to avoid getting searched or arrested.”
And Twitter user Shane Telford asked: “Can we do the same for teaspoons, because I’m forever losing them.”
The MP later admitted that his idea was not the brightest, in a video posted on Twitter by his colleague Johnny Mercer.
Mr Mercer lightly mocked his colleague, showing that he had stuck a sign to Mr Mann’s door, which read “ministry of good ideas.”
In the video, the MP for Plymouth Moor View grins as he says: “So I’ve come down to this secret little place in Parliament, not many people know where it is actually and Scott’s actually trending on Twitter so I’m going to find out why that is!”
He then bursts in on Mr Mann, who is seen at his desk sporting a sheepish grin, and announces “apparently you’ve had a good idea,” and reads out some of the mocking replies.
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