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Wandsworth Prison: the site of many hangings in the 19th & 20th centuries

You don’t have to be a genius to see where this one is heading: a summer silly season of media and internet campaigning ends in a Commons vote on capital punishment, which, after the Liberal Democrats team up with (most, but not all) Labour MPs, is defeated. Cue howls of fury by death penalty “campaigners” about how we are run by an out-of-touch “liberal elite.”

But let’s rewind a second and ask whether that’s…

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