Sign the petition to keep the death penalty banned

Last week, the hitherto libertarian blogger Guido Fawkes announced that he was launching a petition on the new government e-petitions website to reinstate the right of the state to execute its citizens.  The rightwing media leapt on the story, giving him acres of promotional copy.  However on the day of the e-petitions launch, today, things didn’t go entirely to plan.

At the current time of writing, while Guido has managed to persuade 1,040 people to sign his petition, an anti-death penalty petition currently has 2,414 signatures.  The latter petition, tabled by former Liberal Youth Chair Martin Shapland, appears to have thus far done a far better job at capturing the popular imagination on the social media – despite lacking the far bigger platform of Guido Fawkes’ blog.

Of course, it is early days and if the tabloid press decide to aggressively promote the petition we may well see a reversal of fortune.  Both petitions have also been hamstrung by the e-petitions website itself which appears unable to cope with demand (although looking at the size of the petitions, it would look like they only planned for a few thousand visitors at a time, which was rather amateurish).  But it is good to see that this isn’t quite the one-sided debate that the media would have us believe.

Sign the Petition to retain the ban on capital punishment here.

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6 comments on “Sign the petition to keep the death penalty banned
  1. Emily Savage says:

    This is surely unthinkable and extremist.

  2. Jeremy Ryan says:

    Thankfully, Guido appears to be the irrelevance he did not know he was.

  3. Robert Bruce says:

    I thought Guido was an outspoken supporter of the Conservative Party; so how has he ever been considered a libertarian?

  4. Neville Farmer says:

    Asking yes/no questions without explaining the ramifications of your choice is dangerously simplistic when talking about publicly sanctioned killing. In the face of a dreadful atrocity such as 2011, it is easy for rage to drive one’s thinking in favour of the death penalty, but that’s not what’s being asked in these pro-hanging petitions. They’re just saying we should kill people as a punishment for a crime. To suggest this without considering what crimes, how sure we are that it’s been committed, how practical is it to do and, ultimately, whether you could do it yourself, is idiotic. I’m not religious but I’m grateful for one clear-as-crystal Christian rule, Thou Shalt Not Kill.

  5. Lynne Primmer says:

    Please don’t allow anyone to con us into a return to the age of barbarism.

  6. shaw says:

    Of course it should be brought back in, if you have committed a crime & took someone elses life with intention to do it, then why should you be living yourself? our country is WAAAAAY too soft of what people thinks of it

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