In irate chap in the spectator has been bemoaning the state of british policing whilst
claiming that it is now illegal to carry a swiss-army knife. This
article has cropped up in a number of newsgroups, namely those under
uk.rec, whose inhabitants are in the habit of carrying knives for
entirely benign reasons.
I was mostly on the side of the protagonist until I read this. It hadn’t occured to me until that point that you
really don’t have any reason to carry a collapsable baton unless your
intent on beating someone up. Oh well.