A day before the debate Troy Davis had been executed in Georgia, United States, for a murder he denied unequovically until his death. The event was largely condemned internationally.
Capital Punishment in the UK has not been observed since 1964, and its prevalence in the West is non-existant bar the United States, standing in stark contrast to other democracies. Capital punishment in Europe has long been seen as a barbaric and ineffective tool that has the potential for creating judicial murder and wrongful exeuctions.
When asked ‘does capital punishment have a place in civilised society?’ Priti Patel was unequivocal in her response “I would support the reintroduction of capital punishment to serve as a deterrent” said Patel.
Having been appointed as Home Secretary in 2019, she has begun to backtrack, saying that “I have never said I’m an active supported of the death penalty and what I said is constantly taken out of context.”
“In that Question Time she unambiguously backs it. So what does this tell us about the quality and integrity of our Home Secretary?” asks Otto, who systematically goes through Patel’s journey in Politics until she was forced to resign as UK international development secretary over unofficial meetings she herself claimed “fell below the standards of transparency and openness.”
Priti Patel has returned to Politics following her appointment as Home Secretary by Boris Johnson. Since, she has been reinforcing her credentials as a tough conservative who wants prisons to be used as a deterrent.
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