The government treats moral debates like a schoolboy being thrown a hospital pass. Blame party politics, and a fear of controversy.
By Ian Dunt
For a government so keen on drastically overstep the mark when it comes to the rights of its citizens, it's strange to hear minister become so humble and timid when discussing moral choices. Two recent issues have recently brought this into sharp relief. Firstly, the controversy over the extradition of Gary McKinnon, and secondly, the latest outbreak of debate over assisted dying.
McKinnon, a diagnosed Aspersers sufferer, will now almost certainly be extradited to the United States for what one US prosecutor called the "biggest military computer hack of all time." In a comment piece for the Times, home secretary Alan Johnson painted his inability/refusal to get involved in the case as a kind of flaccid virtue.
Around the same time, the law lords forced Keir Starmer, the director of prosecutions, to issue clearer guidance on assisted dying, inRead More »from Government, cowardice and morality