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Lord Carlile writes…Examining the evidence on assisted suicide

Simon Beard’s article on what he calls ‘the debate around legalising assisted dying’ is so replete with errors, half-truths and spin that it is difficult to know where to start with the correcting pen.

He refers to “the estimated 500 people who commit suicide each year due to a terminal or chronic illness”. The estimate he refers to was made in a report by Demos on the incidence of suicide among seriously ill people. This report does not state that 500 people commit suicide each year because they are terminally or chronically ill. It estimates that “approximately 10 per cent …

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  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 30th May - 10:11am
    @Peter - we borrowed £500bn during the coalition - waht was that if not a Kenysian stimulus
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 30th May - 10:05am
    @Katharine Pindar "No time for cream teas" Shame. I'd like to know the Lib Dem position on how the scone should be eaten :-)
  • User AvatarSimon Shaw 30th May - 9:51am
    @Peter Martin "However, as the Lib Dems had a hand in raising VAT to 20%, when the economy was in deep recession and needed the...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 30th May - 9:49am
    Canvassing with Nick Harvey in North Devon and Andrew George in St Ives, both of them fine Lib Dem MPs for many years until May...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 30th May - 9:32am
    "We know from experts from just about every direction that Lib Dem economic policy is excellent. " @Alex, You are certainly right in saying that...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 30th May - 9:15am
    The title of this article encapsulates a significant problem in the Lib Dem campaign. Why on earth would somebody in a political party need to...