A system of first and second degree murder could be introduced after it was revealed Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, is “sympathetic” to proposals first raised four years ago.
Just as we distinguish between manslaughter and murder.
It would also be a useful precedent for those shouting about low conviction rates for rape. Part of the reason there (and only part of it to be sure) is that juries distinguish between \”rape rape\” and what they consider to be lesser crimes. By providing for just such a distinction we would expect conviction rates to rise.
Of course, such a distinction will run straight into the brick wall of \”rape is rape\”, that political construct which insists that even while people do distinguish they should not do so.
But then these sorts of problems when political constructs meet the real world are hardly unusual, are they?