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Freedom is based on the concept of law being there to protect and ensure wellbeing for all. The credibility of the UK legal system is based upon something referred to as ‘the rule of law’, which in its most basic form, is the principle that no one is above the law. If we start to introduce degrees of ‘reasonable force’, even in self defence into our laws, then this will also introduce a lack of clarity and confusion and compromise the rule of law. How do you assess what is reasonable force? If the boundaries become blurred this could lead to inconsistency into interpretation of the law and result in people challenging and stretching the boundaries to a point where the law loses it’s balance/equity making it ineffective.