After the e-petition to restore the death penalty slipped out of the Top 10, those behind it seem to have responded with an advertisement offensive. Spotted on the website of right-wing blogger Guido Fawkes, an animated GIF invokes the murder of Joanna Yeates to drive sign-ups for the petition.
It seems the fearsome blogger may have confused the terms of his own petition. Although the Messagespace advert quotes the Yeates family’s regret that the death penalty is not an option for the convicted Vincent Tabak, the petition itself is phrased thusly:
“… to restore the death penalty for the murder of children and police officers when killed in the line of duty”
Scrapbook is at a loss to fathom how this is applicable to the murder of a 25 year-old landscape architect. Or perhaps the opportunity to play on the emotions evoked by this terrible crime was too good to pass up. In any case, the petition has already slumped further to number 13.
“Restore Capital Punishment” is currently vying for popularity with an appeal to reform the, err, scrap metal trade.