Government Of All But Talents #ombh

By DeusExMacintosh

From The Torygraph

Mandrake has cheering news for the nation: Martin Amis is to campaign for the laws on assisted suicide to be reformed.

The author, who caused an outcry last year when he called for euthanasia booths to be installed on every street corner, says that he now regards euthanasia as nothing less than “an evolutionary inevitability”.

Amis says: “We are living too long. It’s not viable. I can’t think of any reason to stay alive once the mind goes. It is an existential nightmare that you can’t get out of life. Medical science got us into this and medical science will have to get us out.”

Amis, who has been given a platform for his views by Channel 4 in a polemical programme, believes that public opinion is on his side. “Of course, there are legal difficulties, but people are ahead of the Government on this. It is a residue of Christian feeling – this idea of the sanctity of life – that is holding things back, but we have to get rid of this primitive feeling.”

Meanwhile in other health-related news…

Officials in western Austria say exhumations are to take place at a psychiatric hospital thought to contain the remains of Nazi victims.

The remains of 220 people are buried at a cemetery in Hall in Tyrol province.

The Nazis murdered thousands of disabled people they thought unfit to live, deeming it “euthanasia”. The hospital believes many died there as part of the programme.

A planned construction project has been halted to allow a full investigation…


  1. Patrick
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Funny, albeit a long bow – also I never expected Mr Amis of all people to put the ‘residual of Christian feeling’ in such a good light… 🙂

  2. Posted January 18, 2011 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    I figure DEM can Godwin until the cows come home, after all, what is the point of a ‘fair’ cartoonist?

  3. Posted January 18, 2011 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    I actually think Amis is right, and that the law of diminishing returns has reared its ugly head when it comes to prolonging life. It’s a monstrous ‘trolley problem’ that no-one seems willing to confront honestly.

    I would really appreciate some honest debate on all sides, however.

  4. Posted January 18, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    [email protected] wrote of diminishing returns.

    Back in the dark ages when I was studying med, the figures for the bulk of spending on health over the lifetime ran something like 80% or 90% of the expenditure by government was in the last couple of years of life, on average. (Shift the spending to earlier in life, and you’d get better area under the curve for quality-of-life over time in both absolute and per-dollar curves)

    Yes, devil in detail, but it’s also worth considering a relatively healthy old fart with nothing interesting to them, simply tired of life, retiring after a good innings before any illness intervenes.

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