Yes you heard right. The cigar smoking, pork pie wearing eccentric Justice Secretary Ken, is actually being sensible. Would you believe it? He said you can stab them too, or run them over with a lorry (ok I made that bit up). After the whole “serious rape” gaffe he needed get back on the public’s side. So this is one way I guess.
Most of us are not middle class enough to have iron poker lying around our wood fires, so I thought that was a very Clarkesque way of putting it. It kind of reminds me about those old by-laws that says you can shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow except on a Sunday, or an episode of Poirot perhaps.
I must admit Ken has always been a maverick, even in the 80s and 90s. I can respect him for that. He is about as liberal as you can get in the Conservatives. That is liberal in the old meaning of the word, rather than Liberal Democrats.
In all serious this is not meant as political post. You can probably tell I’m not a Conservative. However the law does need to be clarified. The whole notion of reasonable force, and self defence as defined in law is frankly clueless and unrealistic. It is about time something drew attention to this issue.
Note: These sorts of situations are thankfully still rare for most of us. The whole point of these laws are to allow you to defend yourself should you have to, so you don’t get treated as a criminal for doing so. However any situation like that can obviously go both ways, sometimes it is best to make a quick exit.