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The philosophy of Myleene Klass

From attacking burglars to jumping red lights, we are increasingly taking the law into our own hands. But can this be morally justified?

By Nigel Warburton   February 2010

Pop star Myleene Klass: a “have-a-go hero”?

It’s one thing to break a law, quite another to believe you’ve done the right thing in breaking it. Take millionaire businessman Munir Hussain and his brother Tokeer, who in September 2008 pursued a knife-wielding intruder, Walid Salem, from their home in High Wycombe. They caught him and beat his head with a cricket bat. Salem’s resulting brain damage saw him rendered unfit to be prosecuted for his crime. While recognising their right to proportionate self-defence, the judge imprisoned the Hussains in December 2009, on grounds of excessive violence. “If persons were permitted…

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