Legislation to enforce a “Swedish model” of anti-prostitution laws in Northern Ireland that criminalise the buyers of sex would be unworkable because the devolved government at Stormont has no powers to authorise telephone bugging operations.
The region’s justice minister, David Ford, has told the Guardian he is far from convinced over the plans because mobile intercepts – crucial in prosecutions in countries which have introduced the laws – are rarely used even in cases against republican and loyalist terror groups.
In order to stop the vile crime of some bloke paying £10 for a handjob they’re suggesting that the police should be allowed to tap random phone calls? Go on fishing expeditions? For of course the phone that the tart makes the assignation on will likely to be the same one she orders a pizza on. And the whole point of the tapping will be to determine which is which.
Can we just get on with shooting everyone proposing this vileness please?