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Monday January 21 2008

Frank Chalk, yesterday:

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has announced that metal detectors will be used in some schools to try and prevent pupils bringing in knives.

FC has his doubts:

Let’s assume that it takes on average 30 seconds per child (by the time they’ve triggered the damn thing with pencil sharpeners, belt buckles, watches etc and had to go through again, then triggered it again, then refused to go through it again, stormed off and returned with their mother who will want to complain about radiation, rights or something...)

Indeed.

Here’s the BBC version.  Schools are allowed to have metal detectors, but the politicos want them to do this more.

I say politicos, rather than just the government, because there’s cross party consensus on this:

Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said the installation of scanners in some schools was “long overdue”.

“The powers have existed for some time and we have been calling for this for some time. However, while there are hundreds of scanners there are thousands of schools.

“We hope that - for a change - this initiative actually makes it beyond the front page.”

So, if the politicos think you have a knife problem in your school but you don’t, or if you do have a knife problem but happen to think, for your own particular reasons, that a metal detection machine wouldn’t help, your life just got worse.

As always with stories about initiatives, there are really two stories, first about what the initiative is about, and second about the whole idea of initiatives, all initiatives.  (Note the new category.)