B1553 – Capital Punishment Referendum Bill 2020. Watch
Further, I question the wording. It reads almost as if this would replace life sentences.
I’ll vote aye as I quite like TSR Referendums
Absolutely not, Capital Punishment is an absolutely absurd proposition - especially with the many documented cases of wrongful convictions, leading to what can only be classified, in those situations especially, as murder in itself.
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Even disregarding that, the referendum itself could be very contentious in that how is it decided what offences warrant the death penalty? Also, sorry Liber but this being based on a TSR poll is quite funny.
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People who have been wrongly convicted (and, therefore, didn't offend in the first instance) are going to reoffend? Not sure about that one.
I'm not very optimistic regarding the death penalty, as it is not a good deterrent and there have been several high-profile cases in the past where justice was not carried out correctly. Not to mention that there is a risk innocent people would be killed, an example being the case of Derek Bentley in the 1960s who didn't kill, nor commit any crime other than trespass but was hanged because that was the law. Unfair much.
Plus, this would make juries less likely to want to vote for the accused's innocence in court if the death penalty was the only choice. Historical trends prove this.
Also, the whole "any crime which you could currently serve a life sentence for" part wouldn't work. There are at least hundreds of people per year who would receive these and the whole executing of that many people at once would be both impractical and leave a lot of room for errors - after all, if a later investigation turns out to exonerate someone, you can't quite do that if they were killed 5 years prior. We have life sentences for a reason.
The part about going out of certain UN human rights clauses is also concerning. This may be unlikely, but it could be a slippery slope and see us doing other things that circumvent the declaration, not to mention segway to a Human Rights Bill which would be open to manipulation and used in ways it is certainly not intended to.
To summarise, I will be voting Nay.
There are far better and more meaningful topics to have a referendum on. Going along the line of I disagree but it would be interesting, you could have abolition of the monarchy, separation of the union, Scottish independence, etc which would all be far more divisive and interesting