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Assisted suicide. New guidance.

Eddie Mair | 13:44 UK time, Wednesday, 23 September 2009

You can read it here. What do you think?


  • 1. At 2:05pm on 23 Sep 2009, Sid wrote:

    Plenty of food for thought there ... but I think the nub lies in the second paragraph:

    "only Parliament can change the law on assisted suicide. The DPP cannot assure a person in advance of committing a crime that a prosecution will not be brought, and nothing in this policy can be taken to amount
    to such an assurance."

    The rest is just words. It's about time our elected representatives stopped worrying about their expenses and started addressing the issues we want them to address.

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  • 2. At 4:10pm on 23 Sep 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I love it when the legal beagles seek to 'clarify' things for the benefit of us lesser mortals.

    They couch it in so many qualifications, get-outs and weasel phrases that long before any gist might be revealed the normal brain has glazed over and there's a smell of coffee in the air.

    *This document requires clarification!*

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  • 3. At 4:49pm on 23 Sep 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    I said what I had to say this morning on the am glass box. If someone is interviewed I hope the interview isn't fudged by either party involved. Clarity please!

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  • 4. At 5:14pm on 23 Sep 2009, PrinceEugene wrote:

    If this guidance does not amount to a promise that a prosecution will not be brought if the right boxes are ticked, then the guidance is clearly of no use to anybody. If, on the other hand, it does amount to such a guarantee, we now have a new type of law in Britain - law made by civil servants rather than by the elected representatives of the people. This is deeply disturbing, whatever you think about assisted suicide.

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  • 5. At 5:19pm on 23 Sep 2009, donati1000 wrote:

    If a person who would benefit from someone's death were they to accompany them to Dignitas would still be liable to prosecution, then children whom the parent would love to have with them on their final journey, but who are benficieries of their will, would not be able to go.

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  • 6. At 5:34pm on 23 Sep 2009, barriesingleton wrote:



    Struck down at your allotted span,
    Yet circumventing Nature's plan;
    Un-free to breathe that last - last - breath,
    You're gathered up - and stored to death.

    The mattress' breath exhales, then draws,
    You've no dominion over yours.
    Certification - always late,
    You're safely stored - till signing date.

    With quality of mercy strained
    Your quality of life quite drained;
    Conception: never your idea;
    Until reversed - you're stored in here.

    You are the spider in the bath
    Those un-scaled sides up-scale your wrath!
    With no return by succour's thread,
    Trapped - driven mad - stored off your head.

    Like criminal or kennelled cur,
    To food and hygiene you'll defer.
    'Mercy' held up - against your cry;
    Un-called, unquiet - stored till you die.

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  • 7. At 5:45pm on 23 Sep 2009, janbronte wrote:

    Listening to your talk on assisted suicide, frightens me to death!!Whatever the safeguards it will go the same way as abortion, which is almost on demand, and is murder.

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  • 8. At 6:40pm on 23 Sep 2009, amoeba2 wrote:

    All can say is - Debbie Purdy & Baroness Scotland: what a contrast! The former, being interviewed on PM, was articulate and humble; the latter..... Oh, and Debbie Purdy would perhaps be the sort of "independent" MP we need...rather than the likes of Esther Rantzen.

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  • 9. At 7:15pm on 23 Sep 2009, tinyatim wrote:

    I'm amazed that there's any question of prosecuting somebody for 'assisting' someone in 'assisted suicide' which is not a crime in the country in which they wish to 'commit' it. Particularly when suicide itself is not a crime in the country where they might be prosecuted.

    That does not mean, however, that legislating to allow 'assisted suicide'is not an extremely serious question, or that a majority in this country in favour of it is by any means as assured as is presumed by your contributor.

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  • 10. At 7:38pm on 23 Sep 2009, T8-eh-T8 wrote:

    I think that this is such a complex area that it is almost impossible to legislate fairly.

    We talk about someone benifitting from the death of the assisted suicidee. But this needn't just be financial, what if someone is elderly themselves, in poor health and caring for an even older relative who feels the pressure of being cared for by an aging family member. A 75 year old niece caring for a 92 year old aunty for example. The neice would clearly benefit from not having to care for her aunty whilst in declining health herself. Is this a vested enough interest?

    What about if someone is being cared for by a relative who doesn't like them, but who is the only person available to care for them?

    There are so many permeatations to consider.

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  • 11. At 11:26am on 24 Sep 2009, Looternite wrote:

    When it is time for me to go. I will be the best person to decide. To all those who wish to impose their life style choice on me, may I remind you that I have human rights just the same as everyone else.
    Bring on euthansia its time we had the choice.

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  • 12. At 11:28am on 24 Sep 2009, Looternite wrote:

    Mean't to say - Bring on euthanasia it's time we had the choice.

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  • 13. At 2:41pm on 24 Sep 2009, lordBeddGelert wrote:

    One is concerned that this will be a little like a nightclub which tries to relax its 'door policy' to bring in a few more punters.

    Allowing people wearing trainers in seems all well and good, and people are happy, but then many other unwanted and undesirable elements creep in at the same time, and the adage that the best of way of avoiding trouble is to stop it from getting in will be lost.

    Time will tell..

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