Once again the 'government' have decided to ignore the public. The majority of the public don't vote for Labour so why on earth should they be heeded ? Given the present mob's track record of wasting dosh on pointless legislation, one can only assume that the reasoning behind the lack of change in the law is to support Burgular's Rights - ie the right to continue their chosen method of earning money must not be infringed. Well there's another voting block secured ! But then given the example of honour and good citizenship set by this 'government' and happily endorsed by Bliar, could we have expected anything else......? Tougher intruder laws ruled out The current law allows 'reasonable' force to be used in defence The law on the amount of force householders can use against burglars will not be changed, Home Secretary Charles Clarke has announced. A review has concluded the current law, which allows people to use "reasonable force" against intruders, is "sound". But Mr Clarke says there will be a publicity campaign to ensure people understand they can protect themselves. The Tories want a change so only those using "grossly disproportionate force" would risk being prosecuted. That call has been backed by outgoing Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens, saying people were uncertain about what was allowed. Publicity campaign Mr Clarke's announcement on Wednesday came just ahead of Tory MP Patrick Mercer's private member's bill for changing the law getting a first reading in Parliament. The home secretary said: "I have concluded that the current law is sound but needs to be better explained to all concerned, especially for householders." A clarification of the law rather than a change will help to reassure the public Chris Fox Association of Chief Police Officers He said the review, announced by the prime minister last month, had included consultations with the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the director of public prosecutions. Mr Clarke said the CPS had recently issued guidance on when people should be charged and Acpo was ensuring police officers understood the current law. Information would shortly be published and advertised to the public so people were clear "that the current law ensures that appropriate steps to protect themselves, their family and their property will always be justified". Public pressure Mr Mercer said he was extremely disappointed by the news but said he would continue to try to get his bill passed, especially as several police officers had supported the move. He pointed to a survey for Virgin Money Insurance which suggested that 87% of people think current law on the issue is weighted in favour of criminals. "This is public opinion, this is democracy, I'm amazed the home secretary is choosing to ignore this," said Mr Mercer, claiming Labour was treating his bill as a political football. Acpo president Chris Fox said that amid "real public concern", it was important everybody knew that police and prosecutors would support people using appropriate force to confront burglars. He argued: "A clarification of the law rather than a change will help to reassure the public and improve their confidence in the criminal justice system."