A whole life tariff is a terrible, terrible thing.
But the only alternative is the one thing that would be even worse.
Abortion is not an argument for capital punishment. It is an argument against abortion.
The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya are not an argument for capital punishment. They are an argument against the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.
The one Western country to retain this horrific practice, putting it in the most thoroughly insalubrious company, is by far the most brutal Western country at home and the most belligerent abroad.
Not unrelatedly, it also has the armed Police that we have never adopted except in the most extreme of circumstances.
The countries on the Continent that arm the Police also did so when they had the death penalty.
They have not become more violent with the abandonment of what is supposedly the ultimate deterrent. In several cases, quite the reverse.