One minor absurdity.
Lap dancing clubs may be closed if they are located too near "inappropriate" sites such as schools, under transitional powers contained in the policing and crime bill published yesterday.
Run this by me again? Why is near a school an "inappropriate" place for a lap dancing club? Is anyone seriously suggesting that schoolchildren will thereby be tempted to visit one? Or work in one? Or tha t anyone would be stupid enough to allow them to do either?
Or have we simply got the knee jerk reaction that "for the children" justifies any silliness?
And a gross absurdity:
The main source of contention now is the new power to criminalise men who buy sex from women who have been trafficked or otherwise exploited. The wording of the bill introduces a "strict liability" test, under which a person who pays for the sexual services of a "prostitute controlled for gain by a third person" is liable for prosecution. It says it will be irrelevant where in the world the sexual service is to be provided, or whether the man is aware that the woman is being controlled for gain.
Under British law it will now be illegal to visit a brothel in Germany, where brothels are legal? What have these people been smoking?