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BBC Uses Terry Pratchett’s ‘Suicide’ To Debate Exterminating The Old And Lame

by | 2nd, February 2010

8301042 SIR TERRY Pratchett supports assisted suicide. The BBC News broadcasts this is as a news story. But it’s not. It’s a trailer for a show about culling the old and infirm. Madame Arcati explains:

WHY on earth would BBC News lead with a report on Discworld author Sir Terry Pratchett’s support for assisted suicide? Easy. To promote its Panorama show tonight [sic] whose theme is the public’s warming to the idea of exterminating people past their economic usefulness, as affirmed by a “poll”.

Supporters of this might want first to look into the topic of elder abuse before they get excited about Sir T’s naive suggestion of “gentle tribunals” to decide who qualifies to be put out of their misery. One study suggests that 64% of elder abuse takes place in the family home perpetrated by so-called loved ones unable or unwilling to deal with aged relatives.

I can well imagine a bunch of tearful adult kids, going on about the “loss of dignity” of a sickly aged mum or dad supposedly in their care, queuing up for a judicial release from responsibility. The scarcely researched and resourced problem of elder abuse is part of

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