Despite the controversy and hype surrounding it, it looks highly likely that Guido Fawkes’ e-petition to restore capital punishment will be struck off due to lack of signatures. Launched in the summer with accompanying coverage in the national media, the right-wing campaign planned to restore hanging as the magical panacea for society’s ills — despite the punishment’s terrible track record.
But almost six months on, the petition is stalled at just over 26,000 signatures. This is more than 70,000 away from the threshold number of 100,000 and languishing behind a petition to keep the ban. With the appeal due to run out of time on Saturday, the ill-fated gambit has almost certainly failed.
It is currently 18th on the site, behind such pressing concerns as:
- privatise Baroness Thatcher’s state funeral
- keep Formula 1 racing free on TV
- ban cash transactions in the scrap metal trade
With delicious irony, today is the 406th anniversary of Guido’s historical namesake being hung, drawn and quartered for high treason.