Conservative MEP Roger Helmer is not known for a measured, thoughtful approach to public policy, but with his response to the London riots he has really excelled himself. In a tweet this morning, the mustachioed climate change denier sent a message to the Government’s emergency cabinet meeting saying rioters should be summarily executed:
Helmer’s comments were met with disbelief, even from the conservative blogosphere. Surely this was just a clumsy turn of phrase – he must be talking about non-lethal ammunition, right? Well, no. After being asked to clarify his comments by Conservative Home’s Tim Montgomerie, Roger confirmed that he was indeed seeking the death penalty for the worst rioters.
Given that the riot was started with police bullets, we wonder how helpful this will be.
Update: Yesterday, Mr Helmer posted on his blog proudly describing his recent visit to the “Solutions for the States” conference in New Orleans, after which he was invited for a morning’s shooting with the National Rifle Association. In the post, Roger proudly announces that he owns an NRA tie, emblazoned on which is a quote from the Second Amendment of the US Constitution:
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”
His hosts also gave him a T-shirt bearing the slogan “The Second Amendment: America’s Original Homeland Security”
Perhaps this is where Roger acquired his new gun lust?