We occasionally write about the extent to which the once-proud United Kingdom, under the government of Gordon Brown, has descended farther and farther into nannystate lunacy, to the point where even Californians can point at the limeys and laugh. It's a sad duty, as we're fans of Britain. But we soldier on.
Shoe manufacturer Nike has been forced, by public uproar, to withdraw its Air Stab (short for "stability") sneakers from the market due to complaints that the shoes glorify street violence and knifeplay.
A company spokesman said: "Given the current climate we have withdrawn the shoe indefinitely from Nike's own stores in the UK."
He said the Air Stab name reflected the fact that it was first launched in 1988 as a stability shoe and had no connection to knives or stabbing.
"While it may be an unfortunate coincidence timing-wise, given current problems regarding knife crime, we completely reject the idea that we are in any way condoning or encouraging the issue of knife usage," said the spokesman.
However, Crimestoppers, the crime fighting charity, said it was "astonished that a major retailer such as Nike could be this naïve and act so irresponsibly with its marketing.
"With the current gun and knife epidemic that is sweeping our country we would expect retailers to be taking a more sensitive approach to promoting products to a young and impressionable market."