Friday, January 23, 2004

DEMOCRACY -- SOMETIMES IT GET IN THE WAY OF JOURNALIST ZEAL

Maybe you've heard this story. BBC radio had a bright idea. They decided to do an experiment in democracy. They announced that anyone could propose a new piece of legislation. 10,000 responses were received and the five most mentioned were reduced to an e-mail/telephone vote. A Labour MP (American translation: liberal Democrat Congresssman) agreed to support whatever initiative was the winner. Great idea, right?

Only problem is the "winner" was an idea that is the current "law of the land" just about everywhere in the US, but certainly not in the UK. What was it?

It was a law that would allow homeowners to use "any means" to defend their property from intruders.

Needless to say, the MP has backed off and much of the Brit mainstream press has reacted in horror. Meanwhile, British citizens, prohibited from owning most firearms, and prohibited from using them to "discourage" intruders, are spending record sums of money on security systems to make themselves feel safe. All the while, crime rates in the UK are increasing.


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