Wednesday, 8 July 2009


There are many very admirable things about Switzerland. But both on drugs and on assisted suicide, Switzerland is now effectively a rogue state. Just as Britain is on late abortion, and will soon be on human-animal hybridity, on spare parts babies, and on the registration of children with two women as the listed parents.

Lord Falconer was disingenuous to the point of outright dishonesty. He was not proposing a “clarification”, but a change. Why not say so? The law is already perfectly clear. Nor does it introduce anyone into “a legal minefield”, any more than any other law does. As for the existence of a law which is never enforced, the solution to that problem is to enforce the law.

But we had better get used to this.

And be very well-prepared indeed for it in future.

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