Should we restore capital punishment in the UK?
I see that Guido has launched a petition and campaign for the restoration of capital punishment in the UK; specifically for the killers of children and police.
Now that the government has launched an e-petitions site, Guido will put all the resources at his command into a campaign for a vote on the restoration of capital punishment for child and cop killers.
Guido Submits “Restoration of Capital Punishment” Petition
This is such a difficult issue – and is probably the one area where I fundamentally disagree with his principles.
These are some of my difficulties:
- No-one has the right to kill – but that should include the State.
- Anyone who does kill must be punished – but that should include the State.
- What if we get it wrong, and we murder an innocent person?
- Why just children and police? Killing is killing, or is some killing worse than others?
- Where do you draw the line between murder and self-defence?
- If a demonstrator were to kill a policeman, should that demonstrator be executed? If a policeman were to strike and kill an innocent passer-by, should that policeman be executed?
Now let’s examine our collective emotions on this. Guido uses Baby P as an example. What revolts us the most: the fact that he was killed, or the fact that he was tortured first? I suspect the latter. Why should capital punishment be applied to murder but not to torture? I make this distinction solely to show that our emotions play a serious part in this debate when it is one that perhaps above all others should be governed by logic.
And what about China and Saudi Arabia? Most of us are horrified by capital punishment in foreign climes, yet most of us seem to want capital punishment here.
For me, however, the bottom line is not that I don’t think murderers deserve to lose their own life, but that the risks in getting it wrong are too great.