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guillotine

1 a method of capital punishment using a sharp blade which falls on the neck aided by the force of gravity.
2 a method of shortening a debate. See ACT OF PARLIAMENT.
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My latest release is The Guillotine Choice, a novel based on the true story of an innocent young man who accepted a sentence of 40 years hard labour in Devil's Island in the 30s (at the same time as the man in Papillon) rather than have his cousin guillotined.
The Speaker observed that cut motions on Demands for Grants of guillotined Ministries were not circulated and not moved.
Mr Gilmore said 12 bills will be guillotined next week on top of the controversial Criminal Justice Bill which was pushed through yesterday by the controversial method.