Many people are unhappy that the UK no longer has the death penalty for the heinous behaviour of the worst criminals.
As part of my continuing manifesto series I thought I would comment on this.
I would not bring back the death penalty, I don’t think it is a good idea for the state to be killing people.
There are three reasons for this.
- The state will make mistakes and even if a very high degree of certainty is required for execution this would be subject to change should the political climate require it.
- Prison costs a lot of money, execution would cost the price of a bullet. Yes this is true but under my system those serving a life sentence would be shackled, have to break rocks and not get any of the niceties of life that prisoners currently get. The yearly cost would still be more than a bullet but nowhere near the current cost of about £30,000 a year.
- The regime would be very harsh, the prisoners will not like it and there will be no avoidance. The prisoners will suffer (good, if you can’t do the time then don’t do the crime). This will only affect those like child killers and terrorists and they deserve it.