This made all the headlines in the past week.
The way folks act on the subject, you’d think it was a one off thing instead of just another run of the mill story. Yawn.
So far, there have been no urgent calls for the registration of, or the confiscation of, knives.
Two knifed to death in front of shoppers
British police are investigating the stabbing deaths of two men who may have been homeless.
The killings occurred at rush hour on Friday evening in front of hundreds of people in a busy shopping district in the central English city of Birmingham. Attempts to revive the two men, who were in their 30s, failed and both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Big Issue, which helps homeless people earn income by employing them to sell its magazines on the street, said Saturday that both victims were vendors of the publication. Editor John Bird said he was “struggling to make any sense” of the attack.
Police have arrested a 23-year-old man for questioning.
Well that was a non starter. Anyone still awake?
OK, perhaps this story will wake you up. There’s even a hint of ‘sex’ here. Woo-Hoo.
Lets all peek at this one.
Library poll asks children as young as SIX if they have had a sex change
By Gerri Peev
Children as young as six have been asked about their sexuality and whether they have had a sex change in a survey about their local library.
Youngsters in Portsmouth were among those canvassed on the future of Cosham Library.
But as part of the survey, the children were asked to identify their sexuality and say whether they were still the same gender they had been ‘assigned’ at birth.
Questions about where residents would prefer the library to be located took up just half a page of the two-page survey. Three-quarters of the questions were about whether library users had a disability, their religion and what ethnic group they belonged to.
The poll, carried out by Portsmouth City Council, also quizzed library users on their sexuality and asked respondents: ‘Is your gender the same as the gender you were assigned at birth?’
he library survey was put through residents’ doors, posted on the council’s website and circulated to officials.
Tory councillor Alistair Thompson said: ‘This is political correctness gone mad. It’s completely bonkers and a waste of taxpayers’ money.’
Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson, a Lib Dem, insisted the survey was a legal requirement.
He said: ‘If we do not ask questions about who is responding then we could be taken to court for not having done something to find out who has responded, which could be costly for the taxpayer and a waste of public money.’
But he went on: ‘I don’t think that questions about sexuality are appropriate or relevant for youngsters.’
The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s guidance to the public sector says there is ‘no explicit legal requirement to collect and use equality information’.
It simply advises public authorities to ‘understand the impact of their policies’ on ‘protected characteristics’.
Crivens! Portsmouth? That’s down the road a few miles.
Interesting. We all know about all the various protected minorities and protected lifestyle advocates but, I had not realized they also have a dept of characteristic protection agency.
Yes sir ee, that what happens when you want all your subjects to either be Wards of the state or Ward administrators.
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