“So we have the paradox that, to show the community the wickedness of taking human life, the community uses the taking of human life to do that very thing. I believe that, if we are considering the effect on the minds of the community and if we are considering it, not on a short-term basis, but on a long-term basis, the mind of the community, the philosophy of society, will be more affected by the society which says, ‘we abhor the taking of human life so much so that we ourselves renounce our right to do it’, than the society which claims that right as a penalty for the crime of taking human life.” (Samuel Silkin, Speech in the House of Commons, 21 Dec 1964) Should capital punishment for murder be reintroduced in the United Kingdom?