Well, since my recent posts in which I advised an ungrateful nation to bring back the rope a bit smartish before the bodies of the victims actually blocked out the sun, there appears to have been what I can only call, in rather bad taste, a knifing spree. Apparently every other pimply, weedy 'youf' goes out 'tooled up' with a Bowie knife or equivalent. Only the other night we were regailed with CCTV footage of three 'youfs' ambling up a street before suddenly pouncing on and punching to the ground a totally unsuspecting victim. Having chased away his friend, one of the 'youfs' returned and, completely without provocation because his victim was almost unconscious, stabbed him repeatedly like an inexperienced amateur actor in a production of Julius Caesar, except this was deadly real in all senses of the word. There was no apparent motive, merely that "As flies to wanton boys [... they] killed him for their sport". I can only ask, yet again, of those who oppose the death penalty, even in an uncertain world, is it likely that that 'youf' knowing he might hang would have stabbed his victim so readily?
On a similar subject, I was somewhat surprised by a story today concerning another 'youf' who led a young Belfast girl into the countryside, punched her unconscious, raped her and then battered her to death. I always assumed that they were somewhat more stringent over in 'Proddyland' but all he drew was a so-called 'life' sentence with a minimum tarrif of 15 years. Just 15 years! He will only be 42 when he gets out and even fitter and stronger than he is now and definitely more woman-hungry than ever. Can anyone of wit, intelligence and even a modicum of sensitivity not agree that such a sentence is derisory. More, it is a cruel and unusual punishment inflicted on the living relatives.
Hang the bastards!