Milly Dowler’s mother Sally says:
“The lengths to protect his human rights have seemed so unfair compared to what we as a family have had to endure. I hope that whilst he is in prison, he is treated with the same brutality he dealt out to his victim and that his life is a living hell. For a mother to bury their child in any circumstance is truly agonising, but to bury your child when you know she died in such an appallingly awful way is terrible.”
Milly’s sister Gemma put it succinctly and powerfully, the family won’t have seen justice without:
“An eye for an eye, a life for a life…”
A call for justice which has majority support in the country, but unfortunately not in parliament.
The political class complains that the public is disengaged, could that be in part because there are a number of issues where the political class refuses to carry out the wishes of the people. All polls since 1965 when hanging was abolished show that there is majority support for capital punishment, yet there is no majority for it in parliament. It is not even an issue for parliamentarians even though the incidence of homicide is higher now than it was before the abolition of hanging. The coalition has promised that there will be e-petitions legislation before the end of this year. If it passes Guido will put all the resources at his command into a campaign for a vote on the restoration of capital punishment for child and cop killers. Even if we don’t win the vote on the floor of the House, we shall at least see which MPs believe salus populi suprema est lex, and those that put the welfare of child killers above the wider community. Bring it on…