Monday, February 25, 2008

Readers say yes,the Sun says no

I thought that the Sun this morning was quite interesting in reporting that 99% of people in the Uk want the death penalty restored.

ALMOST 100,000 Sun readers unite today to call for the return of the death penalty.
Monster Mark Dixie, Suffolk Strangler Steve Wright and the teenage killers of hero dad Garry Newlove have sickened the nation in recent weeks as details emerged of their vile crimes.
All received jail sentences. But as the clamour grew for the return of capital punishment, The Sun on Saturday dared to ask the burning question: “Do we really want it back?”

The paper reporting that

a staggering 99 per cent of the 95,000 readers who responded to our You The Jury poll said the Government SHOULD reintroduce it.

Yet turn to its editorial and the paper doesn't agree with its 95,000 readers

The Sun does not believe in capital punishment. It will not be brought back on a wave of public emotion, however much we sympathise with it.
Emotion cannot dictate a nation’s system of punishment.
Retribution is only one element. Punishments must also deter others and protect the innocent by taking offenders out of circulation.

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