With proposals on prostitution in the pipeline I thought it was a good moment for a new poll. But first the results of our last one on the Remembrance Day poppy.
This certainly bears out something I've been seeing - in that our poll says that almost half the respondents don't wear a poppy at all (like me), and in fact I'd say in society at large the proportion is higher still. A quarter of readers wear the red poppy and 30% will wear a white poppy either on its own or with a red one.
I suspect that if the white poppy was more available more people would wear it - but then perhaps that's true of the red one too. Anyway, thanks for taking part in that and on to the next issue.
Prostitution and the law
Even top Tory blogger Iain Dale calls for the legalisation of prostitution. Meanwhile the government's new proposals call for men who have sex with trafficked women to be guilty of rape whilst others completely oppose these moves from the stand point of the rights of prostitutes themselves. It clear that some sex workers see these moves, that are sold as about protecting women, as in fact a further attack on them.
It's clear there are a number of competing different approaches to prostitution, and that includes within progressive circles, so I thought now would be a good time to test the water and see where the land lies. I'm giving you six options;
- Complete legalisation
- Focus on pimps and clients
- Create tolerance zones
- Get tougher on everyone involved
- Crack down on the prostitutes
- Keep things as they are now