We have a weird attitude to death don’t we? The recent Mark Duggan case highlights it.
If Mr Duggan had been an aborted unborn baby, his death would not have been noticed.
If he had expired under the Liverpool Care Pathway, his demise would have produced not a ripple of interest among the chattering classes.
If he had been a victim of NHS negligence, his passing may have been noted but probably not in any high profile sense.
Somehow our chattering classes don’t take much notice of large numbers of deaths occurring under the aegis of certificated professionals, but certification doesn’t include the police on any scale. Nor should it of course, but why then does it include medical professionals?
The sanctity of life is a myth of course – we always knew that. It depends who you are in the political firmament. It also depends on who ended your life – on the certificates they have on the wall.