The BBC (once, affectionately, called Auntie) is now part of the pro-death candidacy. Since 2008 the Beeb has broadcast several programmes, both factional and fictional, portraying assisted suicide in a positive and admiring light.
According to this abstract published in Sage Journals, the Terry Pratchet documentary showing of the euthanasia of Peter Smedley broke the BBC’s own editorial guidelines about showing suicide -
MEDICAL LAW INTERNATIONAL
The Role of the Media in Shaping the UK Debate on ‘Assisted Dying’
The pro-death candidacy is downsizing care. This is the Communitarian programme. To strive for life is an act of cruelty. If your Communitarian profile fits, they will let you go, even help you on your way with some palliative pathway.
It is the cheaper option. It is the Affordable Care option promoted by "Zeke" and Don. The gap cannot be breached. It is now a gaping black hole. The state cannot afford the pensions. The state cannot afford the pensioners.
The BBC stands accused. It has popularised and promoted, justified and defended, the hopeless resort of the hopeless.
The frail and the fragile, the vulnerable and the elderly, are under pressure to justify their existence. Many, already feeling acutely aware that they are a burden, will seek to make an end of it all. The psychological effects are undetermined and undeterminable. Mental health impacts directly upon the physical.
Werther was the hero of a novel written by German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe more than two hundred years ago. The book winds up with a passage in which Werther dresses in boots, a blue coat and a yellow vest, sits at his desk with an open book, and shoots himself.
In the next few years so many young men dressed themselves as Werther and sat at a desk with an open book to shoot themselves that the book was banned in several countries.
In April of 1994 singer Kurt Cobain shot himself. For the rest of the year a surprising number of teen-age suicides played Cobain tapes as they killed themselves, and some left notes naming Cobain.
In May of 1998 one fan killed herself and two others tried to at the funeral of Japanese rock star Hideto Matsumoto, a few days after Matsumoto hung himself with a towel.
Psychiatrists know that one suicide in a mental hospital is liable to be followed by others, and more than 20 years ago American sociologist David Phillips found that the same pattern holds in the outside world.
At the time the U.S. suicide rate averaged 1,200 to 1,700 every month, depending on the time of year and other factors. Phillips found an average increase of nearly 60 in the month after any suicide reported on the front page of either the New York Times or the New York Daily News.
A cross-party group of MPs accused the BBC of showing “persistent bias” in favour of euthanasia and signed an Early Day Motion which accused the BBC of conducting a “multi-million pound campaign” to promote euthanasia.
They were unable to turn the tide.
More recently, Anna Soubry and Norman Lamb have come out in support of "assisted dying".
In September, the Liberal Democrats backed a motion in conference saying the law should be changed to allow medically assisted dying, subject to rigorous safeguards to prevent abuse.
'Rigorous safeguards to prevent abuse'...
That's how it all starts out. Just look across the Manche and the German Ocean to the mainland and see how it ends up.
Elsewhere, News.com.au reports that Dr. Philip "Death" Nitschke is using Silk Road to push euthanasia drugs...
IT'S called Silk Road and it's one of the internet's most secretive destinations.
"They might be 80-year-olds, but they don't like losing their $400," says Nitschke. Well that's a pretty ageist comment, first off. Second, speaking as an ageing 65-year-old, if you're going to do yourself in, a material $400 is pretty immaterial at the end of