I WRITE in response to Stan Thompson’s letter, headlined A Killer of a Question, printed in the Gazette on February 17.
In his letter, Mr Thompson calls for the reinstatement of capital punishment for the so-called Crossbow Cannibal and complains that Sir Alan Beith failed to respond adequately to his request for a debate on the death penalty
First of all, I find it quite surprising that Sir Alan responded at all to a letter in favour of such a primitive and arcane form of criminal punishment, one which would bloody the hands of our society with the same crime of which the Crossbow Cannibal himself is guilty.
It is true that imprisoning killers such as the Crossbow Cannibal costs this country tens of thousands of pounds per year, but surely this is preferable to sacrificing our morality for the sake of financial savings?
One of the reasons that this country put an end to criminal executions is that it makes us just as bad as the killers we deplore.
Murder is murder, regardless of whether it is done with or without the support of the law and I believe that our legal system’s rejection of legitimised killing says a great deal about us.
It shows that we stand against the taking of human life and that we will not endorse the murder of an individual in any form.
I agree with Mr Thompson in that we spend a great deal on prison fees and it is, of course, his democratic right to call for a debate on the death penalty.
However, I would rather lose out financially than live in a society that endorses the murder of others, legally or illegally, and I am personally glad that Sir Alan is not wasting his time on demands that we bring back an immoral and outdated form of punishment.