The concept of corporal punishment should not be immediately dismissed as barbaric and too backwards to be deployed as a punishment against criminality. Our criminal justice system is seriously flawed and tends to reward criminals rather than provide satisfactory justice for victims. Corporal punishment which inflicts pain but not injury or death will be a powerful deterrent for potential offenders. Voting against this purely on an ideological "human rights" whim would be missing an opportunity to boost the effectiveness of our broken and crime rewarding justice system.
I do not advocate self-flagellation by UKIP given this Bill has lost.
Ayes to the right: 8
Noes to the left: 34
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