Archive for the ‘Law & Order’ category

Death Penalty

October 12, 2007

Two days ago was “world day against the death penalty“. I’m not keen on the death penalty myself, largely on philosophical grounds that human life should not be taken, except as a last resort. While one can argue that it is a just punishement for crime, two wrongs do not make a right. Killing a murderer will not bring the victim back to life. Helen Clark has made her opposition to the death penalty (for adults) clear.

I commend her for this. But the Polish Government and Whaleoil have a good point. We still have the death penalty, and Helen Clark supports it. We only don’t apply it to adults, only children, whose only crime is to exist and pose a serious threat to the mental health inconveniance to the mother.

¬†Update (14/10): No Right Turn blogs on how Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) considers reinstating the death penalty as an option for the future. Although I support the SST on a lot of issues, I disagree with them here. The death penalty has few advantages, but compromises the sanctity of life. Whatever their position on the issue, I really can’t see any future NZ Governemnt hanging people.