A question of capital punishment

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Capital punishment is one of the most emotive subjects than can ever be debated. To take away a life under the legal authorisation of the state and with the full backing of the law is seen by many as nothing short of judicial murder. To take away A life – or some cases lives – of a child who cannot defend him or herself and who has an inborn trust of adults, is pure murder. But should such killers have their lives ended?

Great Britain decided many decades ago that they should not, and that the only punishment for murder would be life imprisonment.

In those decades since capital punishment was banned, life in jail has seldom meant life in jail. Government’s decreed that punishment terms must be confirmed by a judge when handing down a life term. Life can still mean life – whole terms have issued in recent weeks. But not often.

Killer Robert Black is an evil pervert of a man who will take to his grave the unknown numbers who became his victims. Those who met him will never forget him.

Moors murderer Ian Brady escaped the rope because the death sentence has just been abolished. There are those who say that Brady and the likes of Black should rot in jail, kept alive as a punishment.

The pathetic ramblings of Brady as he claims to be a petty criminal and a method actor are an insult to the families of his victims.

Time for a capital debate.