Let’s just alternate these terms. They’re synonyms anyway, right? (And yes, I know I’m focusing on a rather superficial aspect of some stories that actually raise really troubling issues. But sometimes I have to let the inner pedant out to play.) Thanks, BTPS.
Day: August 1, 2008
As an expat from the so-called Land of the Free (another nice example for distinguishing names from descriptions), I mostly feel pretty good about living in the UK. But then I learn of the reforms being contemplated to murder law. The reforms themselves are thoroughly good– not allowing one to get away with light charges for murdering one’s partner by claiming “provocation” (where this means things like nagging, teasing, or having an affair); and allowing victims of domestic violence who kill their abusers to claim self-defense. (Note that being beat up repeatedly does not count as provocation.) But oh, how sad that these reforms are yet to be made. (In the US, I assume, some states are worse and some states better than this.)