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Tuesday, 12 February 2019


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Indeed. If you look at the list of Bills currently awaiting consideration, you can see a vast range of the important, the less important, and the steaming result of incontinent hobby-horses.

If May's government thinks that FGM is important, then it should be able to sort out the timetable and give it proper debate, before passing appropriate laws. I wonder, though, if they are a teensy bit afraid of being seen as racist here? If the indigenous white population had a disgusting and brutal habit of damaging their daughters, how long before people started serving lengthy jail terms?

Over here, the equivalent might be what is called an 'earmark' where a pol slips a pet project into a funding bill, hoping it sits quietly until the entire bill is passed. Both mechanisms have a greasy feel to them.

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