Tag Archives: Margo Macdonald

When politicians won’t listen (celebrities can maybe help)

There are times when the voting public feels disenfranchised. Consistent public support over changes to allow voluntary euthanasia or assisted suicide seems to make little difference to entrenched politicians, especially those fearful of their career, and facing the might of … Continue reading

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The Channel 4 euthanasia debate 17th-23rd January

4thought.tv is a mini-series by Channel 4 Television, a platform both for scepticism and devout religious belief. It aims to be a space for sharing your thoughts on beliefs and ethics. This coming week highlights euthanasia and openly invites your … Continue reading

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Does anyone represent the people?

With a landslide parliamentary vote against assisted suicide – and a landslide public opinion poll in favour – one has to ask if any members of the Scottish Parliament actually support the Scottish people (as opposed to being swayed by … Continue reading

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Problems already for the euthanasia bill

After months of committee work and hearing of evidence, the bill on assisted dying from Independent MSP Margo Macdonald has hit troubles even as its committee puts it forward to parliament. The Committee today recommended that Parliament should not adopt … Continue reading

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Watch euthanasia debated in parliament

The Scottish Parliament will hold its Stage 1 debate on the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill on Thursday 25 November 2010. This debate will commence at 2.55pm in the debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament. The End of Life … Continue reading

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The law of Scotland in the spotlight

Evidence was taken by the parliamentary committee from the Solicitor General for Scotland yesterday. He explains the particular nature of the law in Scotland in relation to assisted suicide, both as the law stands at the moment, and the attitude … Continue reading

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Scottish Parliament Committee on End of Life Bill on video

The Scottish Parliament Committee on End of Life began taking oral evidence from international experts on 7th September 2010. The proceedings are available to view online as a video recording for a short time and are recommended to those seriously … Continue reading

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Raising the flag against suffering

Ancient legend places the history of the Scottish Flag – and the Scottish ‘National Anthem’ – as a symbol of triumph over insuperable odds, of hope for the future. The Flower of Scotland anthem commemorates self-determination in days that are, … Continue reading

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Making sense of Margo Macdonald

Even before the consultation responses for Margo Macdonald’s controversial assisted suicide bill started flowing in, the Catholic Church ‘vowed to block the bill.’ Many Scots will wonder how an unelected body can in effect veto parliamentary committees, but having seen … Continue reading

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Exit sponsorship author appointed to Parliamentary committee on euthanasia

Yesterday it was revealed that Alison Britton has been appointed as the adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s committee on assisted dying. Not, as the opponents of reform suggested, because she is supposedly favourable towards the idea, but because it introduces … Continue reading

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Election time – unless you elect to die

The most heated UK General Election of decades happens in a couple of days’ time. There is a genuine contest between the three main UK parties. Thinking of challenging them? Here’s some of their views so far. David Cameron, the … Continue reading

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