LETTER FROM THE PAST.
I do not demand the return of capital and corporal punishment, but I do demand the right to have a say in the matter and not let it be left to a meagre 800-odd MPs. In no way can they be representative of millions of voters. When I have asked candidates at election times for their views on reintroduction of such punishment, I have either had a double talk meaningless reply or "I would have to think deeply about that".
There is a general election in the offing so now is the ideal time to arrange for a national referendum to be held in conjunction with the parliamentary ballot.
J Dixon West Heath Birmingham Mail September 30, 1991