A survey of Britons has found that a majority of UKIP supporters endorse the use of torture by security services.
But overall only 28% of Brits said that ‘torture works’ – while nearly 40% said they believed it did not work.
UKIP supporters were by far the most enthusiastic supporters of torture tactics, compared to supporters of other parties.
But endorsing torture remains a minority position in Britain.
Asked whether security services should or should not be allowed to torture terrorism suspects for information, 50% of Britons said they should not be allowed to do so.
23% said they did not know.
The debate has arisen after Trump told an interviewer yesterday that he thought “torture works” and wanted to bring it back.
UKIP’s stance isn’t a surprise. Its leader Paul Nuttall today told Sky News:
If waterboarding ensures that we save a number of lives in this country or in America because someone admits to something that is going to happen in terms of a terrorist attack, well through gritted teeth I’d probably be OK with it.
But even the security services believe that torture doesn’t work. They are not calling for it to reintroduced in the UK or the USA.
Why? To put it simply:
Suppose I start beating you around the head, demanding that you tell me that Justin Bieber is in fact a supremely talented artist. Eventually, although it may take several days of torture to get there, you’ll tell me what I want to hear, but that doesn’t make it true.
Only UKIP would are capable of such idiocy.