Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Stick to the stage, dear boy.....

Noted thespian Jeremy Irons regurgitates all the old, tired anti-capital punishment chestnuts in his Times Thunderer column today. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3284-2429214,00.html
While slipping in the compulsory reference to Derek Bentley, (now that it's been proved beyond any doubt that James Hanratty, that other cause celebre of the abolitionists WAS guilty)- he neglects to mention that thanks to DNA referencing, the chances of executing the wrong person are now around 1 billion to one.
He also claims that "in the US, executions and high murder rates go hand in hand"- when in fact strong evidence exists to show a direct correlation between the use of capital punishment and a decline in murder rates.
Irons also claims that capital punishment of murderers "appears to lead to a lowering of the threshold of general respect for life." Is he seriously suggesting that "general respect for life" is higher in Britain today than it was back in the 1950s, when we still executed our murderers? Our rapidly spiralling homicide rate strongly suggests otherwise.

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RobBBB said...
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Neil Clark said...

Yawn. This is getting really boring Gojira. Can you prove to readers that you're not a one-track record and actually post your views about something else for once? How about your opinion on Jeremy Irons' article, for instance. Are you for the restoration of capital punishment or against it?
I was accused earlier in the year of being obsessed by Oliver Kamm, now I'm accused of not writing about him enough!

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Neil Clark said...

Rest assured Gojira, I will be coming back to this topic asap and dealing with some points commenters, including yoursdelf have made. Unfortunately, I do have to earn a living as well as maintaining this blog (which I don't get paid for) and there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything!

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