"Too often today, people are ready to tell us,
'this is not possible; that is not possible'.
I say, whatever the true interest of our country calls for, is always possible!"

- Enoch Powell.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Right To Defend Your Home

The Justice Secretary has said householders will be able to stab burglars without fear of prosecution under new legislation guaranteeing their right to defend themselves.

Ken Clarke was speaking ahead of the Justice Bill being debated in the Commons today.

He said an act of Parliament will be used to "clarify" the existing legal right to use "reasonable force" against intruders.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Clarke said: "We will make it quite clear you can hit a burglar with a poker if he's in your house and you have a perfect defence when you do so. If an old lady finds she's got an 18-year-old burgling her house and she picks up a kitchen knife and sticks it in him, she has not committed a criminal offence, and we will make that clear."

It is quite obvious that people are entitled to use whatever force is necessary to protect themselves and their homes.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised that the new Justice Bill would "put beyond doubt that homeowners and small shopkeepers who use reasonable force to defend themselves or their properties will not be prosecuted".

Mr Clarke accepted that the defence of reasonable force already exists, but said, "Given that doubts are expressed, we are going to clarify that.

"It is quite obvious that people are entitled to use whatever force is necessary to protect themselves and their homes.

"What they are not entitled to do is go running down the road chasing them or shooting them in the back when they are running away or to get their friends together and go and beat them up.

"We all know what we mean when we say a person has an absolute right to defend themselves and their home and reasonable force.

"Nobody should prosecute and nobody should ever convict anybody who takes these steps."

Shropshire Patriot is looking forward to some test cases, however what we really want is more police on the beat to deter criminals from breaking and entering in the first place.

Little old ladies should not have to be put in the position of defending their home with a kitchen knife.

However Shropshire Patriot does agree in principle with the right to defend our property, and eargly await the outcome of this Justice Bill.

And while we're talking about robbery, we are also waiting to find out what steps we can take to defend ourselves against the asset stripping of our country by politicians and bankers and the theft of our pension funds.

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