>>"You, by contrast, initially gave the wrong sentence, which plainly misled the OP as to the likely consequence of that sentence,"
I did no such thing.
The guy who got it wrong wasn't responding to me.
Please get your facts straight.
>>"refused to acknowledge the error, went off on a tangent about, of all the irrelevant nonsense, American sentences and parole systems, "
It wasn't my error to acknowledge.
And you were the one who started going on at length (and seemingly inaccurately) about differences between US and UK systems, in response to a single short sentence I wrote saying (partly for the benefit of any US readers) that differences between our countries seemed minimal in terms of parole.
Given I had suggested the 'N-to-life' usage was a potentially effective shorthand description of a UK sentence, I don''t see that one sentence as 'going off on a tangent' in any obvious way.
>>"asserted that substituting a sentence which doesn't even exist in the UK would be better than a concise statement of the *actual* sentence that was given."
I simply gave an opinion that a particular very compact form of words might be an improvement on what had actually been written in the article, an opinion which I still hold, especially as the compactness is of a strong kind that most journalists would find hard to break.
Where else those words may be used in only marginally relevant.
It was just an opinion, and stated as such, but one which you seem very keen on not merely disagreeing with, but declaring entirely wrong and completely misleading, whatever you had to do in the process.