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UK Poll: 63% Favor Death Penalty for Terrorism

"Are you in favour of reintroducing the death penalty for serious terrorism offences?"

Yes - 63.4%
No - 26.3%
Don't know - 10.3%

This is the result of a survey by Survation for the Mail.  The Belfast Telegraph has this story.

DP opponents never tire of saying that the United States keeps a penalty that Europe has rejected, as if there were something wrong with being different from Europe.  (If I made an argument based on the practices of countries populated mostly by white people while ignoring those populated mainly by "people of color," I would swiftly be denounced as racist.  But the other side of the aisle gets a free pass.)

But it is not the people of the UK (or Canada) who have rejected the death penalty; it is the government.  Close to two-thirds of the people are in favor, and more than twice as many are in favor as opposed.  These numbers are comparable to the U.S.

We have the death penalty while Britain does not because our form of government is more responsive to the will of the people.  It was designed that way.

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