Another gruesome screw-up in an execution chamber in Oklahoma: a man waits forty minutes to die and another prisoner, due for execution on the same day, wins two more weeks of agony while officials decides how they’ll kill him. Meanwhile, an Egyptian court hands down mass death sentences. The death penalty is barbaric and immoral and degrades us all while it still exists - in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia - and in the United States. But, despite the knee-jerk bleating from some in the media and legislature, it will never return in Britain. We don’t have the stomach for it.