Paul Staines, AKA Guido Fawkes, has started a campaign to bring back capital punishment for “the murder of children and police officers when killed in the line of duty”.
Arguments about the death penalty itself aside, I am really struggling to figure out exactly why Guido would support such a thing. It makes very little sense in terms of his (self-defined) politics. Libertarianism is described as such:
“the political philosophy that holds individual liberty as the organizing principle of society. Libertarianism includes diverse beliefs, all advocating minimization of the state and sharing the goal of maximizing individual liberty and political freedom.”
So, he believes in minimising the state, and maximising individual liberty. How does capital punishment fit into that? It’s the ultimate tool of control that the state has over individuals – the power to end lives. Not to mention that it is hardly a concept that aligns with individual liberty.
What’s more, is that Guido is clearly in support of a smaller state, and concerned about the UK’s deficit. Restoring the death penalty will cost a lot of money (think of all the equipment necessary and other changes required). And the death penalty itself costs more than imprisonment. How does it make any sense to support something that will drive up governmental expenditure when you support spending cuts to services, and a smaller state? Adopting this stance makes his views inconsistent, surely?