Monday, September 19, 2011

England has no right to self-defense

A UK newspaper reports:
A wealthy family man was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday after allegedly stabbing a burglar to death with his own knife.

Businessman Vincent Cooke, 39, was relaxing when he heard a knock at the front door of his detached home.

When he answered he was confronted by two men, at least one armed with a knife, who threatened him and tried to force their way into the £350,000 house in the Cheshire stockbroker belt. ...

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke promised that householders who used ‘whatever force necessary’ on intruders in their homes would not be committing a criminal offence.
Promised? It should be written into their constitution, if they had one.

I realize that the UK is more of a parliamentary democracy than a monarchy, but it sounds as if they still have a monarchy mentality. Self-defense is something that they can only do with the king's permission. And they cannot even own guns.

1 comment:

A K Haart said...

The UK is barely a democracy. With no written constitution and political parties tending to collude over important issues such as the EU, there is little effective input from voters.

Lord Hailsham once called the UK system an "elective dictatorship". He was right.