The Real Reason Tory Government Wants To Ban Khat In Britain

There is something rather dark and nasty about the Government’s decision to call for a ban on a leafy plant called khat.

 It’s a mild stimulant causing around the same effect as an Espresso coffee but you have to spend an inordinate amount of time chewing it to feel the difference.

The leaf is traditionally bought and chewed – you don’t swallow – by those from the Somali, Ethiopian, Kenyan and Yemeni communities – its import brings in a tax revenue of around £12.8 million annually.

But by turning it into a Class C drug it will cost the taxpayer in excess of £100 million to police and enforce the ban.

So since it’s not addictive, provides as much of a stimulant as anything you could buy over the counter at a Café Nero or Starbucks, why is Theresa May, the Home Secretary proposing its ban?

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which advises the British government on such matters, says such a ban would be “inappropriate”  and the influential cross-party home affairs select committee headed by Keith Vaz recently produced report which unanimously opposed such a ban.

Could this be yet another petty way of trying to criminalise sections of the Muslim community by making it an offence to sell, buy or chew khat?

 Of course Theresa May will deny the move is yet another Islamaphobic-driven policy by the government. She will tell the House of Commons on Monday that banning khat will improve peoples’ lives … well on that basis so would outlawing tobacco which is a proven cancer-producing drug which costs the National Health Service millions of pounds in treatments and care.

Smoking kills – chewing khat doesn’t!

What about banning alcohol which is far more dangerous and is a drug which attacks every single organ in the body, destroys families and increases crime?

Unlike cannabis or other banned drugs, the selling of khat is perfectly legal which is why organised crime gangs are not involved in its distribution from its point of export or delivery to the UK.

By banning its use in the UK criminal gangs in the Horn of Africa will move in to the market and criminal networks in the UK will also benefit.

The reality is that Muslims will be targeted as police go about enforcing the ban which will be resented by minority groups living in Britain.

The only people it will play well with are racists and UKIP voters … perhaps Mrs May should be more transparent about the government’s true intentions as she and her Tory colleagues look towards next year’s General Election.

This is nothing more than a cheap election stunt, and one laced with the rank whiff of Islamaphobia and racism.

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7 thoughts on “The Real Reason Tory Government Wants To Ban Khat In Britain

  1. Dear Yvonne,
    With my all due respect i sense that you have no clue of what Khat is other than its green leaf. This “green leaf” people get addicted and once they start they need it everyday, its not like coffee because coffee doesn’t require 8hours daily sitting somewhere and chewing, coffee doesn’t require you to spend $40 to $50 minimum per day, while there is no way that can chewers properly function and make that money to afford it. in that result they are always up for a any illegal way that they can make quick money! I hope you do more research and meet with real chewers and their families.

  2. @Sagal
    The article is not in favor of Khat as I am sure sister Yvonne does not chew Khat (with due respect). The whole point is that if all what you have mentioned is enough to ban this green leaf, then what about the more harmful items which the writer has pointed out in the article. There negative impact on the society is far far greater not only in UK but on a global scale. Frankly, I never knew what was Khat before this ban, but we all know what is alcohol, cigarettes and how they kill people next door without anyone bothering even a bit.

  3. Dear Sagal

    I don’t know where you found your information but khat costs in the UK from around £3 to £6. You say it costs $40-50 dollars? Perhaps it costs that much in the USA or Canada because it is banned there. As for addiction, it is a mild stimulant and not addictive at all. We chew it on weekends with our families, please stop scaremongering, we don’t hear an uproar over alcohol which causes countless deaths a year as opposed to 0 deaths a year khat causes!

  4. I started chewing khat since I was 17 when I was Kenya. I’m now 37 years old sometime last years 2013 going gym trying to look fit muscle so when I hit 40 I’m strong try to avoid all natural complicated disease.

    Khat is not addictive
    Is only thing I couldn’t give up is smoke, at the end I mange stop smoking.
    But utill this day I have feeling of smoking I don’t even thing twice of khat.

  5. I started chewing khat since I was 17, when I was Kenya. I’m now 37 years old sometime last years 2013 started going gym trying to look fit muscle so when I hit 40 I’m strong, to avoid all natural complicated disease.

    Khat is not addictive
    Is only thing I couldn’t give up is a smoke at the end I mange stoping smoking.
    But utill this day I have feeling of smoking witch I don’t even thing twice of khat.

  6. I chew occasionally and i find it absurd that khat will be banned when alcohol is legal. If theresa may, her family, politicians or the aristrocacy chewed it would be different, because they indulge in drinking alcohol it is ok. yes sister Yvonne is right, it is an islamaphobic and racist move. everything in moderation. in sagals defense a kilo of giza is £25. government are ok to ban it as long as they ban cigarettes and alcohol.

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