Yesterday’s verdict that Tony Nicklinson will not be allowed to die with the help of doctors is depressing indeed for Nicklinson but unsurprising. Death is the last taboo of a society too focused on preserving life at any cost.
A man is suffering and needs help. The treatment is easily administered and has almost guaranteed success. We watch, and sympathise, and discuss at length the shame and the shock of his situation, how we couldn’t imagine his pain. But we do nothing.
The Government appears incapable of making any decisions to assist those suffering from a terminal illness, preferring to spend valuable resources on creating what it perceives to be vote-winning legislation. Such as preventing retailers from selling sexualised clothes for children .
Television viewers have seen the last moments of Craig Ewert, who paid to go to a Swiss clinic for an “assisted suicide” to end the pain of a terminal illness. He died with his wife, Mary, sitting by him, aided by a retired social worker. If it had been Britain, his widow and the assistant [...]
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