Boris Johnson wants “proper sentencing” for serious offenders – like the DEATH PENALTY?

Priti Patel: She wants to re-introduce the death penalty for serious crimes. Will Boris Johnson support her in this?

Was anybody else deeply disturbed by Boris Johnson’s incoherence on his first outing as prime minister?

He started robotically: “Today – is the first day – of a new approach – that will end” with what? His batteries running flat? It was worse than the Maybot.

This Writer has been informed by the luminaries on the social media that he was probably trying to sound Churchillian. He didn’t. He sounded like a child.

He followed this underwhelming debut with a seven-minute rant in response to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Did he answer any of the points Mr Corbyn raised? I found it impossible to tell.

One point he did not touch upon was the question of his Home Secretary’s support for the death penalty.

Priti Patel should not be Home Secretary at all, of course. She was forced out of Theresa May’s cabinet because she could not be trusted with government work and was caught carrying out what seemed to be a foreign policy of her own in visiting Israel and advocating support for that country.

Mr Corbyn did not mention that in his speech. But he did ask: “Given his first appointment is the Home Secretary – the first Home Secretary in a generation to support the death penalty – can the Prime Minister assure the House now that his government has no plans to bring back capital punishment to this country?”

No response – in seven minutes of ravings about the number of houses that were built in the UK last year, Mr Corbyn’s alleged dealings with Iranian mullahs, and John McDonnell’s historic behaviour.

But in a later reply to Chris Leslie he said he did not “personally” support the policy but “I think what the people of this country want to see is proper sentencing for serious violent and sexual offenders […] we will also be pursuing all the preventative measures necessary to reduce our prison population”.

Well, the noose would indeed reduce the prison population – although not by a huge amount; murder is thankfully not a common crime.

But Mr Johnson’s ambivalence was not a welcome sign. Ms Patel has shown herself to be unable (or unwilling) to listen to reason on this subject, as we can see from her response to Ian Hislop when the matter was raised on the BBC’s Question Time a few years ago.

We now have the most right-wing, authoritarian government the UK has seen in decades – if ever. Around one-third of the new cabinet, for example, voted against marriage rights for LGBT people.

How long will it be until they start clamouring for the return of executions – and never mind if innocents die?

I reckon they’re just waiting for an excuse.

Source: BREAKING: Boris Johnson refuses to rule out reintroducing the DEATH PENALTY | Evolve Politics

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9 Thoughts to “Boris Johnson wants “proper sentencing” for serious offenders – like the DEATH PENALTY?”

  1. nivekd

    Priti name. Ugly politics.

  2. Garry Robson

    Who did you vote for then….. ???

  3. Johnson did, as you state, sound like a child, but it is said that he has the attention span of a five year-old – possibly not the intelligence.

  4. Growing Flame

    Soon after 37% of the UK adult population voted for an undefined form of Brexit, I recall pundits and statisticians discussing what factors were common to all these Brexit voters.What kind of people were they?
    They found a bit of a correlation with (older)age, NO correlation with region of the country,(though they tended to be concentrated in the south of England and the Midlands) and virtually NO correlation with income/standard of living(except that a lot seemed to believe that they should have a higher standard of living than they actually enjoyed, though they weren’t THAT badly-off!)
    But the only real, close correlation was with the belief that the death penalty should be restored. The two beliefs (Brexit and killing people) were very closely correlated in this section of the population.
    So it’s not really strange to see a Brexit cabinet pandering to their natural constituency of voters.
    But it IS strange to see Left-wing commentators urging more “understanding” of Brexit voters, with the implication that they are well-intentioned, well-informed voters who may well be attracted to vote for Labour. They aren’t like that at all!

    1. Mike Sivier

      Which left-wing commentators do you mean? I think you may be mistaken about some of the correlations between people who voted Leave – there are more Brexiters in places with few EU immigrants, for example. But the support for the death penalty is interesting. I’ve already heard about it from another friend of This Site so I’ll look into it in more detail.

      1. Growing Flame

        The “Left wing commentators” I refer to include those who use the mantra “Tough on Brexit, tough on the causes of Brexit”. As if many people voted Brexit out of an economic calculation that may have been wrong. So suggesting that Brexit voters may be won to a Labour vote by applying some economic relief in some form.
        Now, actually, I think that is what Labour should be doing in power.
        But I also believe that most Brexit voters in “Labour” areas were the long-frustrated Tory voters who despaired of their votes ever counting for anything in constituencies that always return Labour, and they seized their chance to vote for Brexit while, simultaneously, hoping for a Right Wing move nationally eg. death penalty, anti-Islamic moves, reductions in immigration, a return to Imperial Measures even!

        Most Brexit voters will never be won to progressive politics as they are part of the Tory Party/Daily Mail/Royal Family/Downton Abbey bubble.

        We have a problem with that minority of Labour voters in “Labour” areas who voted Brexit and may stick with their choice in just enough numbers to lose Labour the seat. They are worth wooing with the right Labour policies. But most Brexit voters are a lost cause because they were always reactionary. And they always VOTE. Whereas young people, and the genuinely economically-struggling people were disproportionately the ones who did not vote in the Referendum at all. Now THEY are worth attracting.

  5. Carolyn Adams

    the death penalty was brought back for ‘certain crimes’ not yet revealed,during the referendum. the sneaky tories played the British voters well, keeping mum until the deed was done. Don’t let Borump fool you into thinking this will be a new law, the death penalty is already in law, with only the what crimes to be decided,

    1. Mike Sivier

      Really? Where’s the evidence to support this?

  6. Colin Glazebrook

    Maybe he could bring it in for crooked & inept politicians who screw up the country

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