Back in 1965, the UK political elite determined that capital punishment would be abandoned, despite the fact the people of the UK overwhelmingly supported it. In order to assuage public concern, we were solemnly promised that anyone convicted of murder would be given a mandatory life sentence. However the same elite are back to salami-slice the very notion that murderers automatically get life behind bars (15 years);
Mandatory terms for “mercy killings” and some other murders should be dropped, said the Homicide Review Advisory Group in a report yesterday. The current system of life imprisonment is “unjust and incomprehensible” and courts should have the power to impose softer sentences, said the panel of judges, barristers and academics.
They want judges to be able to decide what the penalty should be and based on judicial performance on so many other areas, that will mean murderers can look forward to receiving even softer sentences. Their victims remain in their graves, of course.