I heard a very cogent argument in favour of the death penalty by Utah State Representative, Paul Ray, on the BBC World Service last night.
It was a surprise that the BBC allowed such an eloquent defender of capital punishment to participate in the discussion. The corporation is not known for either fairness or objectivity when it comes to a debate on such important political issues. It has an in-built bias towards political ‘correctness’ and this has progressively worsened over the last sixty years.
Perhaps the fact that the discussion was broadcast in the middle of the night, when very few listeners in Britain would be likely to hear it, is the explanation, allowing the BBC to mislead by claiming credit for impartiality, without the risk of anything but a tiny audience here at home.
In September 2009, I feel sure it was only because I told the BBC researcher who phoned me that my political views were ‘to the left of the Labour Party’, that I received an invitation to be part of the Question Time audience. His bias was quite obvious. Once I’d told him that white lie his whole manner, which had up to that point been rather frosty, changed and he became quite friendly. He even laughed.
I wonder how he felt when, subsequently, I put Harriet Harman and the other Establishment stooges, on the spot with a politically ‘incorrect’ question during the show, recorded at the Bournemouth International Centre. I had not submitted in advance the question I actually asked, though I had submitted two bogus questions of the kind that are the staple fare of the charade. The programme is not broadcast live. The editor has about half-an-hour or so in which to edit it before it goes on air.
Among his many other good points, Mr Ray made the point that in Utah it is very difficult to get onto ‘death row’. Courts only send convicted murderers there when the evidence against them is overwhelming, including DNA and/or video evidence, for example. But, once there, they have a very much shorter wait before execution than in other states and so a great deal of public money is saved.
When murderers are executed, we can be sure they won’t murder again. In Britain there have been a number of cases of murderers being released from prison and murdering again.
The institutional agenda of the BBC is not to execute murderers but rather, whenever possible, to reward them for their villainy in various ways, from paying them for interviews to giving them a starring role in soaps, such as EastEnders.
Of course, in order to be free to execute those murderers whose guilt is beyond doubt, we need to renounce the European Convention on Human Rights, otherwise known as Nonsense on Stilts and withdraw from the European Union. Speed the day!