In 2013 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared that Britain's, "whole-life," sentences breached the European Convention on Human Rights because they do not include the possibility of a right to review. As a consequence the Government is apparently now considering American style 100 year sentences which would potentially allow review of the term to be served.
Like David Cameron I believe that there are some crimes against the person that are so horrendous that Society should be able to say to the perpetrator that he or she will never regain their freedom. It does seem silly that we should be forced into devising a way around the July 2013 ruling of the ECHR. Maybe it is time to assert our soverignty.
Unlike David Cameron I might be tempted to permit of a situation where the descendants of the Pierrepoints could make a return to that family's traditional part time occupation. That would mean we wouldn't have the problem of, "lifers," hanging around in our gaols for several decades! Pun intended.