Homeowners would be handed a licence to kill burglars by a Tory government.We don't, as a rule, want to kill burglars. The real scandal of the Hussein case wasn't that he was given a prison sentence. It was that he found himself in that situation in the first place.
Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling raised the election stakes on crime by promising law-abiding citizens extra rights to defend themselves.
If the Tories win the election, he said, they would tear up the law which lets householders use only 'reasonable force' to defend their families against intruders.
It was the fact that Salem had racked up 54 convictions over the course of his career - and career it was - and was still free to burgle, steal and brag about being untouchable. And untouchable, it seems, is exactly what he was...
DumbJon points to another recent case of reaching the wrong conclusions for the right reasons. The problem is not the law. The problem is the people who are sworn to uphold that law, and yet find excuses and reasons to bend over backwards to be lenient to the people who break that law.
And who then profess disgust and shock at the perfectly-understandable reaction of the people who pay their wages to the Hussein case. And the pefectly-understandable contempt of those who see through a poorly-thought-out attempt to cherry-pick the quote to fit your own personal prejudices..
Rather than attempt to tear up laws and rewrite new ones (Ahem! Dangerous Dogs Act? Dunblane Gun Laws?), when they get in, the Tories should take a good, hard look at the people who are interpreting those laws.
Changing them, not the law iteslf, is the answer.