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Yesterday, as the current occupier of Windsor Castle went about her extraordinary business, amid the pomp and circumstance shrouding the purpose of the pageant, it was easy to overlook the disastrous consequences of the Queen’s Speech on much humbler homes – every dog owner’s abode.

It used to be said that an Englishman’s home is his castle – well thanks to the brouhaha at the Palace of Westminster that’s a hopelessly outmoded ideal.

I’m no fan of the (DDA) Dangerous Dogs Act – it is an excremental excuse for a law, but the draft Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill takes what’s already bad – and makes it ghastly.

All that gold, scarlet and ermine can’t disguise that. Nor can you polish poo – however, you can cover it in glitter and gild and hope no one tells the difference.

The draft bill proposes to extend powers of entry and seizure, with the right to enter private property (without a warrant) and seize any dog which appears to be ‘dangerously out of control’.

Something akin to a ‘thought crime’ since a dog is considered dangerously out of control if a person was caused reasonable apprehension that it might injure them, whether it actually does or not.

I’d say the lunatics have taken over the asylum now they’ve extended that nonsense to include private property. Let’s put that in context – that not only means your garden and that itself is a dog hater’s charter – but inside your home too.

Hang on – in a perfectly reasonable world, one with lashings of common sense, you might say that’s a perfectly reasonable request.

Sadly, we don’t live in such a place. The universe I inhabit is petty and bitter, a jobsworths paradise, H&S driven fiefdom where everyone thinks legislation prevents bad luck.

It just got worse – if Billy Burglar decides to break into your property and faithful Fido doing his best protecting your house; bites said felon – does he get a bone?

No, it’s a criminal offence, you get prosecuted, he gets put down. And Billy gets his compensation – believe me it’s going to happen as soon as one armed bandits learn the’re guaranteed the jackpot.

An exemption has been created from its wording though – it seems you must be physically present as a trespasser is actually entering your little castle.

So if Fido bites a burglar jemmying his way in while you are home – you might have a defence.

No one at home? – No defence.

I had little confidence in lawmakers and judges. Now I have even less. Perhaps if they lived in the same world as you and I it would be different. Thanks to them the only way of being certain to avoid prosecution is to tie up your dog before leaving the home – and that’s insane.

So try arguing that the lunatics haven’t taken over the asylum. The only thing that will convince me otherwise is when they do the decent thing and put this law out of its misery.

http://blogs.metro.co.uk/news/the-queens-speech-a-dog-haters-charter/

So it won't be long be scumbags will be trying it on to gain compensation, great one Dave! The Tories: Weak on crime, weak on the causes of crime.

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So it won't be long be scumbags will be trying it on to gain compensation, great one Dave! The Tories: Weak on crime, weak on the causes of crime.

I don't see it happening. Perhaps this would be worth revisiting if/when a burglar receives compensation for being bitten by a dog while in the act of burglarising someones home.

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I don't see it happening. Perhaps this would be worth revisiting if/when a burglar receives compensation for being bitten by a dog while in the act of burglarising someones home.

Dogs can be very loyal. So loyal they'll defend a master who comes under attack. Could that make them dangerous to someone?

Anecdote: I was walking down a quiet residential road. Big Alsatian and small toddler in a front garden, no sign of adult presence. Alsatian regards me suspiciously. Toddler calls to dog to come back, but all dog hears is alarm in toddler's voice: need to defend home and family against the intruder. Could've been nasty if I hadn't remained calm.

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I would like the bill changed to protect posties/milkman/newspaper boy/engineer etc who walk in the garden and up to the doors.

But f!!ck the burglars inside and outside the property.

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