Far-right Conservative MP John Hayes seems to lack the self-awareness needed to see the contradiction in his demand for the return of the death penalty for murderers.
Is he deliberately ignoring the obvious? Here it is:
If his party voted to reinstate capital punishment, that would make every MP who did so a killer – including himself. Murderers all, in fact, as they would be responsible for the premeditated killing of who-knows-how-many people?
And, is this another crackpot idea to be pinned on Brexit?
Oh wow. Tory MP John Hayes has just asked the government to consider bringing back the death penalty. The former minister has urged the justice secretary to consider the 'potential merits' of hanging. This is forward-thinking Brexit Britain in 2018.
— Rachael Swindon #GTTO (@Rachael_Swindon) November 3, 2018
Here are the facts, from The Independent:
“A Conservative MP has called on the government to reintroduce hanging for people who commit violent crimes.
“John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, and a former minister, asked justice secretary David Gauke to consider the “potential merits” of the death penalty.
“The option of capital punishment “should be available to the courts” in cases such as that of Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood, he said.
“Masood was shot dead by armed officers after mowing down pedestrians and fatally stabbing PC Keith Palmer in March 2017, but Mr Hayes suggested that had Masood survived it would have been “appropriate” for him to be hanged.
“Mr Hayes told Lincolnshire Live: “We have got an issue in Britain with very serious crime.
““We have had a number of serious crimes, the murder rates increase and barely a week goes by without hearing about some horrific child murder or old people being attacked and killed.””
As far as increasing murder rates are concerned, he doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on:
— Gerard Tubb (@gerardtubb) November 3, 2018
The Conservative government has responded with the official line – that it opposes the death penalty and is campaigning for it to be abolished internationally.
But what induced this man – who is a member of Parliament, let’s not forget – to think that this would be a good time to demand the return of barbaric punishments?
Brexit opportunism? “Everything’s going to go to pot, including law and order, so let’s bring back the death penalty and get rid of people we don’t like”?
This is the heart of the matter: Innocent people will be killed if the death penalty returns:
Note: innocent people will die if the death penalty comes back so if he's willing to let the Government kill him, as a blood sacrifice to show true commitment, then maybe John Hayes should be listened to… https://t.co/LlqmULzxBZ
— Jae Kay (@JaeKay) November 3, 2018
Still – and in the interests of balance – there’s always a loony who will support these psychopaths:
Well said John Hayes ! Why should hard-pressed honest working people pay for decades for the food, heat and welfare of murderers, grooming gangs and other serious violent crime ? #moraldecline
— David J. Davenport (@seabrook_ellis) November 3, 2018
Isn’t wanting to kill people for no reason a sign of declining morals?
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