Prime Minister Tony Blair is still opposed to the death penalty, his official spokesman has insisted.
However, the prime minister’s official spokesman said: “The government’s view is still against the death penalty – other people are entitled to their views.”
It’s about time this country had a referendum on the Death Penalty. I favour it, always have. We now have the tools available to forensic science, coupled with other technologies that can – along maybe even with a confession – that when taken together can absolutely determine the guilt of someone. If we are certain, then why not take their lives ? If we are going to lock them into the judicial system – which is there for the purposes of “rehabilitation” – yet they have no chance of release – there are a number of such prisoners – then why are we paying to keep them alive ? Why are we making them live such a constricted life when they have no chance of release and they know that ? Is that not cruelty ? Is it more cruel to kill them ? Is it morally less repugnant to lock someone into a space for an amount of time that were that an animal we would have the animal rights people / RSPCA going nuts about it ? Could we not even offer a person the option of the death penalty rather than being locked up for the rest of their natural life ? (Which is a non-option seeing as that’s a path to govt-sanctioned euthanasia but at a cost of another life).
Where is the problem with the Death Penalty ? What is the problem with letting the voters of this country decide on this subject ? Wasn’t Blair et al elected to serve us ? Isn’t it his duty to allow us to determine how are country is run ? Why is it right for Blair to decide – wrongly and based on lies – to send many innocent men to another country to die but it’s wrong for him to allow millions of people to decide for themselves whether or not we should kill those that have demonstrated that they cannot handle the responsibility of living in society ? Blair is – like previous PM’s – terrified that his reputation will be tarnished by allowing the people to decide on this subject. He dismisses the populist opinion simply because it does not match his and because he will use claims about his religious beliefs and other such garbage. Strange that he will carp on about the fact we live in a multi-cultural society and that we should all respect that but when it comes down to anything he deems as ‘moral’ or ‘ethical’ that his version of christianity is the only way to go. If a tenth of that number felt strongly about another issue which he wanted, he’d support this.
Whether or not you agree with the Death Penalty, it IS the right thing to do to have a referendum and following the result of that – when it is voted in – to build all the approriate safeguards to the satisfaction of all concerned.