August 04, 2011
No Noose Is Good Noose
Like other bloggers, I am aghast that we are even contemplating a debate on the return of the death penalty.
The other day I posted a link to raise enough signatures so that we could have a debate on our continuing membership of the Stupid Club. Commenters here were quick to point out that 100,000 signatures "may" or "could" stimulate a debate. Not so with hanging. I note that the language has changed slightly and MPs are saying "We could be forced to have the debate". Forced? Make your damn minds up. You "may" discuss a referendum on the EU, but you definitely "will" discuss this barbarity? The mind boggles.
I'll just say this: government sanctioned murder, because that is all this is, can never be right. We can all recall horror stories in which the "wrong 'un" was completely innocent. Mistakes are made all the time in countries/states that have the death penalty. In China they routinely harvest the cadavers and sell their organs to the highest bidder. At that point it is no longer a tool of justice but instead becomes a lucrative business. With the recent "nudging" on organ donating, will we plough this disgusting furrow as well? Unthinkable? Look again at the politicians we have running this freak-show. I don't trust them further than I could spit.
We preach to those in less developed nations. We tell them to move on, improve, treat your people better. How would that lecture stand up when/if we were to re-introduce the death penalty?
And why are we being so selective about who hangs and who doesn't? I keep seeing "child-killers and cop-killers" as the primary targets for swinging from the gibbet. Sir Robert Peel oft stated that policemen were just members of the public wearing a uniform. Why should cop killers be singled out? Why are cops any more special than us? And given the tales of police brutality, corruption and sleaze just lately, who still thinks coppers are "special"? As far as I am concerned a bent copper deserves no special treatment, in fact, his punishment should be doubly harsh. Sends a message to the rest of them. Hold yourself up to the highest standards according to the Oath of Constable and so will we.
Often, when I scribble here I say that piano-wire and lamp-posts are a remedy for wayward politicians, but could I honestly stand by whilst we strung people up? No. No I could not.
The bigger question is this: WTF is wrong with the British people who are baying for this? Is it all really because some publicity-hungry blogger demanded the debate in the first place?
And why didn't we get the same rush to sign up to get us out of the EU?
Like I said: mind-boggling.