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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  1. Charles Cowling

    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).

    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 recession is having on vulnerable people and healthcare provision – increasing concerns that any change in the law would put added pressure on elderly, sick and disabled people to end their lives.

    Professional medical bodies and disability groups remain firmly opposed to a change in the law.

    The bill will likely get short shrift.

    Charles Cowling

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