Hey, it's better than nothing.
Sorry, I don't mean to antagonize citizens of the UK: just their government.
But it continues to astound me how incomplete non-Americans' concept of Freedom can be. Not that we have it perfect here, there's plenty of Tyranny floating around.
But at least Americans can point to it on paper and try to maximize it in practice.
Not quite. The right has always existed in common law, and has been exercised by many over the centuries without prosecution, including recent times. What is being proposed clarifies what are believed by many to be unhelpful ambiguities in the statute law, which have led to some well-publicised hard cases in recent years. Had the facts of some of those cases (such as the notorious Tony Martin case) been replicated, I'm told that the householder would have been in serious trouble in more than one US state jurisdiction.
Yes, we are citizens, not subjects.