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.

  1. @James graham. This is because legally Joanna was an adult, not a child. As such, her murder wouldn’t fall within the remit that this petition calls for.

  2. Ah, I see that Mr. Staines hasn’t left a snide comment here yet, perhaps the fat, Irish, bankrupt, Tory arse licker has finally developed a sense of proportion…. although I doubt it.

    Still no sign of Dear Leader Dave rewarding him with the lovely safe A-list Tory seat, Never mind, toadying Tory MP or toadying Tory blogger, we’ll still all hate his fucking guts, FOREVER.

  3. Paul Staines Irish? Please don’t insult us true Irish folk. He only holds Irish citizenship for tax avoidance purposes.

  4. I just like to point out just what a “patriot’ the fat useless bastard is…. and I go for the tuckeresque tactic of insulting everyone, that way I can’t be accused of having any favourites out there, so don’t feel singled out or anything.

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