Our cousins across the pond have a long way to go, but this is a move in the right direction. Especially now, when they're having problems with mob violence in so many cities, it's good to see that they're starting to embrace the fundamental concept that people have a right to self-defense.
Currently a home owner can use “reasonable force” to defend themselves but only if they fear they or their family are under threat. They must also demonstrate that confrontation was the only option because it was not possible for them to flee their own home first.
The proposed changes to the law will remove that duty so a home owner can confront a burglar regardless of whether they could have fled or not. And, crucially, the definition of reasonable force will be extended to include a perceived threat to property as well as individuals.
“We will ensure that if you do react instinctively to repel an intruder you will not be punished for it – as long as you used reasonable force,” said Mr Clarke.