Anyone caught carrying a knife in town and city centres in Scotland in the coming weeks faces a potential four years in prison, under a new crackdown announced today.
The six-week pilot scheme will see cases automatically prosecuted as more serious offences, increasing the length of jail terms available to sheriffs from one year to four.
Not for actually doing something bad, mind you; just for carrying a knife. Like the pocketknife I never leave home without. Because it's the objects, not behavior, that's important.
Have I ever mentioned how glad I am some of my ancestors got the hell out of (fG)Britain before it turned into what it is?