(not satire – it’s ConDemNation today)
It’s great that one of Britain’s greatest wartime heroes, Alan Turing – who tragically committed suicide after being forcibly castrated for his homosexuality – has finally been pardoned.
However, we should remember that the coalition were only forced into accepting it after refusing the original petition calling for his pardon in 2012.
Then, Liberal Democrat Justice Minister Lord McNally dismissed the motion in the House of Lords, saying that Alan Turing:
“….was properly convicted of what at the time was a criminal offence.”
It was only after a private member’s bill was introduced that the government reluctantly agreed to ‘not oppose’ the bill – possibly because they feared a new film which is being made about the life of Alan Turing would create too much bad publicity for them in the long-term.
It seems that official disapproval of homosexuality – which did so much to destroy one of our country’s greatest wartime heroes – is still alive and kicking today amongst the British establishment.
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