Assisted Dying Bill speeds the Shipmanisation of British medicine

Oct 20, 2021 by

by Simon Caldwell, TCW:

BETWEEN watching vintage Muppet shows to lift quotes for his speeches, Boris Johnson appears to have spent at least a little of the summer recess thinking about assisted suicide before concluding it was a bad idea.

It should have been an easy task because the Assisted Dying Bill really is a poor piece of draft legislation. It is so bad, in fact, that it makes one wonder if Baroness Meacher, who is sponsoring it, is truly convinced of its safety. Even she admits that it was never meant to reach the statute books.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today in Parliament last Friday that the Bill was merely part of a strategy to legalise assisted suicide at some point in the future. It was a way, she explained, to keep ‘the debate going as more and more and more MPs are shifting in favour of assisted dying’ [assisted suicide and euthanasia].

‘Now, we have a soft majority in favour of assisted dying in the House of Commons,’ she said. ‘This Bill is serving a very, very important purpose while we wait for Scotland to legalise assisted dying, which we think will almost certainly happen in about 18 months’ time, and then Westminster will be completely ready for this and the law will change.’

It is difficult to know if Lady Meacher has seen too many James Bond movies or not enough. Either way, this was her Ernst Stavro Blofeld moment: she showed her hand and revealed her master plan.

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