One Small Step for Great Britain
From The Guardian: New self defence laws back 'have-a-go heroes'
"This law will help to make sure that the criminal justice system is firmly weighted in favour of the victim," he said.
He added: "These changes in the law will make clear - victims of crime, and those who intervene to prevent crime, should be treated with respect by the justice system. We do not want to encourage vigilantism, but there can be no justice in a system which makes the victim the criminal."
Aside from misspelling "defense" (it's one of many quirks between British and American spelling), this is fantastic news for self-defense in the United Kingdom. Hearty congratulations to Jack Straw and others for empowering their own citizens to take a stand against crime and refuse to be a victim.