- 7 Jun 2014
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In a G.B. context, the Death Penalty was suspended in 1965 and abolished in 1969, The catalyst for this was the campaigning of the Labour backbench MP for Nelson and Colne Sydney Silverman, a Liverpudlian who had the ear of Huyton's MP Harold Wilson, conveniently Prime Minister at the time, and the Home Secretary Roy Jenkins. You have to take into account the age of the various people performing this song, that is the ones who remain. I'm a Pete Seeger fan, though not obsessively so. The abolition of the Death Penalty here was a non-whipped 'conscience vote by the way, with some surprising pro and anti votes on show, though it's fair to say most Tories wished the penalty to remain.Curious difference between the visual and the audible. The words scrolling up the screen say ‘murderers pay for their crimes’, but he sings ‘murderers die for their crimes’.