This young man could tell you why hanging is wrong …
The Restore Justice campaign, lead by Paul Staines, who is the man behind the Guido Fawkes political blog, has called for the death penalty to be brought back for child and police officer murderers. To justify this campaign he cites opinion polls which suggest about half the population would like it re-introduced for murderers. This rises to 60% when it comes to child or police officer killers. The campaign must show 100,000 people signed up to support his e-petition on the government website to bring about a possible parliamentary debate on the matter.
It is sad that, having abandoned capital and corporal punishment, we find ourselves being dragged back to darker times by those who seek to use Cameron’s maladroit e-petition to provoke a parliamentary debate on the issue. We may not like some of the decisions made for us by parliamentarians but do we really want to see parliament hijacked by orchestrated campaigns of one strain or another, becoming ever-more reactionary and contrary to common good? In terms of the Capital Punishment issue it is indisputable fact that the death penalty has no deterrent effect whatever. Thus, to any intelligent mind, the question has to be asked as to why those seeking this debate want to see such a change. I can give you the best reason in the world not to engage in the death penalty debate: Timothy Evans.
What’s next, 100,000 people that don’t want to pay taxes? A hundred grand of the richest who want to see benefits slashed? Or maybe the fascist parties uniting to make a mockery of parliament? However you look at it it’s just a different tail wagging the same dog and the list of tails is endless but, like Baldrick, I have a cunning plan. Let’s get the requisite number of people to sign a petition to sack the man that dreamt up this farcical e-petition stunt in the first place. As for Mr. Staines, he should be ashamed of himself.
The photo, of course, shows Timothy Evans, wrongly executed in 1950 for the murder of his wife and child. Evans had severe learning difficulties with an IQ of 70. Within three years his landlord John Christie admitted to those murders and six others besides at his home, 10 Rillington Place, Notting Hill, London W11. Christie was executed in 1953 but Evans was not posthumously pardoned until 1966.