Tuesday, 25 June 2024

National Liberal Debate 13 – Should We Bring Back The Death Penalty? Have Your Say!

Leftist Bob Crow supported the death penalty whilst Tory Enoch Powell opposed it. Where do you stand?

THE MANY problems faced by Britain – whether economic or social – are not going to be solved by screaming and shouting. Thus, the National Liberal Party is not interested in ‘hitting the headlines’ using the tired formula of macho–posturing and gesture politics. These problems will only be overcome by a combination of careful thought and action.

This means that we favour informed and reasoned debate. Here we concentrate on arguments, points of view and facts. We are not interested in personalities, prejudice or promoting self-interest.

The National Liberal Party seeks to build an organisation that encourages free speech and debate. To do this, we also attempt to take into consideration as many views as is possible in open debate. Thus, members and supporters are always encouraged to have their say.

We’re also interested in encouraging people to develop their debating skills. That’s why the NLP has introduced a new series of articles called Have Your Say! Whilst each subject will be announced on this web-site, they’ll be conducted in full on the National Liberals Facebook site, which can be found here:


Before we start this debate we’d like to remind folks of our ground rules:

  • First of all, say what you think – but think what you say.

  • Secondly, just debate the issue(s) raised. There should be no personal attacks.

  • As previously noted, we’re simply not interested in personalities.

  • Please note that we may ask selected members and supporters to play ‘devil’s advocate’. Hopefully, this’ll help sharpen the debating skills of all involved!

  • Finally, it should be remembered that all of the views expressed in Have Your Say! are personal and should not be taken to be the official view of the NLP itself.

Our latest question is simple – should we bring back the death penalty?  In part, this question is prompted by growing demands to ‘bring back hanging’ for the likes of the Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale (who killed Fusilier Drummer Lee Rigby in May 2013) and those involved in the sexual abuse of children.

Our question is also prompted by the fact that it is a subject that can transcend the traditional ‘left/right’ divide.  Altough advocating the death penalty is often seen as a ‘right wing’ cause, the prominent Lenninist Bob Crow supported this position whilst arch-Tory Enoch Powell was firmly opposed.  It’s also probably true to say that the vast majority of those who would descibe themselves as ‘working-class’ would support capital punishment.

With this in mind, what’s your view?  Should the death penalty be brought back – if so, on what grounds?  If you’re opposed to hanging, how would you deal with murderers, drug dealers and child molesters?

Let us know your views – simply check out the debate at Facebook/National Liberals today!

• THIS ARTICLE should be read in conjunction with:

Ten Of The Best! (13/03/2014) http://nationalliberal.org/ten-of-the-best

National Liberal Debate 11 – Outside Of London Who Should National Liberals Vote For In The Euro-Elections? Have Your Say! (15/05/2014) http://nationalliberal.org/national-liberal-debate-11-%E2%80%93-outside-of-london-who-should-national-liberals-vote-for-in-the-euro-elections-have-your-say

National Liberal Debate 12 – What’s Our Take On UKIP? Have Your Say! (22/06/2014) http://nationalliberal.org/national-liberal-debate-12-what%e2%80%99s-our-take-on-ukip-have-your-say
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