Restore The Death Penalty? Guido Is A Moron!

Paul Staines (who is better known as the right-wing blogger Guido Fawkes) has hit the news this week by launching an e-petition calling for the restoration of the death penalty.

Last used in 1964, and abolished in 1968, the death penalty is a topic continually revisited by the right-wing media, populist MPs and morons trying to get quick publicity – in this case, Guido Fawkes. The UK has among the lowest rates of murder in the world, running around a quarter that of the United States, the last enthusiastic user of the death penalty in the Western World.
Guido has, of course, attracted the usual supporters to create the illusion of a groundswell of public demand: tabloid newspapers (which continually try to create the illusion of the UK as an increasingly lawless society) and a handful of Tory MPs. See for example this article by right-wing Tory MP Sir George Young in today’s (you guessed it!) Daily Mail.
We can’t stop morons from flocking to sign the e-petition. What we can do is try to strike back.
So if you’re a twitterer, please make good use of this hashtag whenever you reference this issue: #GuidoIsAMoron. Twitter has given us a tool to bite back against the old moronic monopoly over news. Let’s use it!

8 thoughts on “Restore The Death Penalty? Guido Is A Moron!”

  1. Or you could realise that to bring back the death penalty would require the changing of numerous laws, backing out of the EU Human Rights convention and possibly leaving the EU altogether.

    So calling names probably more useful and entertaining. 'Outing' morons is certainly and public service.

  2. I think the answer is: do both. 🙂

    Paul, as you say, it would be very hard to implement. However, this is used by nationalists as another "reason" to leave the EU. With Europe's current problems, this is another attack from a different angle.

    I guarantee once the petition is presented, the Sun/Express/Mail will run stories along the lines of "majority of Brits want the death penalty, but the EU won't let us have it…"

  3. I wonder if we aren't better off just ignoring this. Guido's no idiot and must realise there is almost no chance of the law changing with respect to capital punishment. My conclusion is that he's simply attention whoring. Let's not indulge him.

  4. Problem is that mainstream media are already indulging him. It's a trending story on the BBC website – never a bastion of fine journalism on a good day. There are also a load of conservatives who, American style, think their time is nigh. They have to be shown they're wrong.

  5. Jason said: "Problem is that mainstream media are already indulging him."

    Exactly. If this was a nobody, I agree it would be silly to give him the publicity, but he's experiencing huge mainstream publicity already (just search for Guido Fawkes on Google News) – my aim here is to generate some counter-publicity.

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