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Strangeways prison, site of one of the last executions in Britain. Image: Gene Hunt

Dear David 17th November 1996

I would much rather be on your side of the argument about capital punishment. I know that my position is more easily despised than countered. Your allies are people I admire-Arthur Koestler and George Orwell. My allies are people such as the late Geoffrey Dickens MP. I would prefer not to have to defend the dark rituals of execution, especially since I have witnessed them at first hand. However, those who wish to say anything serious about government and law must…

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