Britain: Hanging Off

M.P.s say no to the noose

Inside the walls of London's Wandsworth Prison a gallows is maintained in working order, the trap door oiled and hanging beam polished. Even though Britain ended capital punishment in 1965, the issue has never been settled in the public mind. I.R.A. killings in Northern Ireland and Britain, along with rising criminality, have helped lead 77% of Britons, according to the latest Gallup poll, to favor the return of the death penalty for terrorist murderers. Last week the nation reached the climax of an emotional argument over the subject that divided the government, mobilized the clergy,...

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