UKIP Leadership Frontrunner Wants Referendum On Bringing Back Death Penalty

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UKIP- the party of the good ol’ days.

You remember the good ol’ days, right? When 26 per cent of children didn’t reach the age of five, racism, homophobia and sexism were rife and you could leave your front door unlocked safe in the knowledge that you had nothing of value for anyone to steal anyway.

But hey, that was all worth it because at least we had a reasonably decent football team, right?

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Probably the only thing they didn’t like about those days was that everything was still in black and white.

And with archaic comments like this UKIP doesn’t exactly do itself any favours in trying to sound like a political party that’s still living in the 1960’s.

In an interview with Sky News, a front-runner in the UKIP leadership contest, Paul Nuttall, was pining back to the golden era where we could hang people to death for their crimes.

He said that he would hold a national referendum on bringing back capital punishment, and was in favour of holding more UK-wide referendums in the interests of ‘direct democracy’, The Huffington Post reports.

Nuttall said that ‘if enough people’ signed a petition to bring it back, he would be committed to triggering a referendum.

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“I’ve been quite open that I believe in capital punishment for the killers of children, for Ian Brady, which is what the majority of the British people think”, he told the programme.

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It seems the former deputy leader may have not done his research though, as support for the death penalty has in fact dropped below 50% for the first time in 2015, according to the NatCen British Social Attitudes Report.

The survey found 48% were in favour of capital punishment, which was abolished in the UK in the 1960’s.

This isn’t the first time that Nuttall made his opinions clear on the subject either, back in 2011 he signed a controversial petition on capital punishment.

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At the time, he said:

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I think capital punishment is needed for such heinous crimes and I know that many other people feel the same. A YouGov poll last year found that 74% of people supported the death penalty for murder in some circumstances. With improvements in science there is virtually no chance of mistaken identity – especially when it comes to serial killers. While is not Ukip policy to bring back the death penalty I would vote yes if any such referendum was held on capital punishment.

Other absolute gems in this latest interview also included the possibility of holding a referendum on whether the legal period for abortions should be shortened.

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We wouldn’t worry too much though, because if you go by recent history in the party it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Nuttall and the other candidates didn’t even get a sniff of the top Nigel’s job.


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