Charles Cowling

 

From the Daily Mail, an emollient newspaper for those who like to keep their blood pressure low: 

The BBC came under fire today for a new sitcom which makes light of assisted suicide.

A new series starring Blake Harrison, of the Inbetweeners, tells the story of three young men who build a suicide machine and offer the ‘service’ to those who wish to end their lives.

But a prominent Tory MP expressed his disgust at the programme’s premise, slamming it for turning suicide into a joke.

Mark Pritchard, MP for The Wrekin, told the Sunday Express: ‘It is a sad fact that assisted dying is now regarded as a ‘revenue stream’ to some foreign clinics and clearly as a matter of fun by some parts of the BBC.’

 

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Labour peer Lord Falconer is to launch his fourth bill in the House of Lords this May seeking to legalise assisted suicide, says the website of Dignity in Dying (formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society). http://www.campaignfordignityindying.org.uk/pages/blog/557/2013_how_you_can_help_.html He will push for doctors to be given the power to help mentally competent adults with less than one year to live to kill themselves. His last three attempts failed due to concerns about public safety after alarming reports about ‘incremental extensions’ of the law in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the US state of Oregon. There are additional worries today about the effect the… Read more »