The popular vote? Support Tony Martin

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

BBC Radio 4’s Today programme is the agenda-setting morning broadcast in the UK. most people in any position of power here make it their first listen in the morning. This year the show’s producers hit of the wheeze of asking the listeners to propose a law, which a tame MP, Stephen Pound MP, would put before Parliment.

The people chose a law to allow people to defend themselves with whatever force they deem necessary within their own homes:

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(This is largely the result of the Tony Martin case.) Given the constant claims that the BBC is left-biased and attempting to distort the public’s opinion to their agenda, this result gives me great hope for the British public. They say an Englishman’s home is his castle. People still seem to believe that this is true.

Let’s be clear here: I can’t think of any sensible reason why the law should be forcing people whose homes have been invaded against their will should be made to think “is this appropriate?” before taking an action against the intruders. When the law values the rights of the criminal over the law-abiding victim, the law is truly an ass. Let’s hope our politicians actually take note of this decision, rather than ignoring the will of the people again, and condemning our democracy to further decline.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.