Saturday, January 26, 2008

Never?

The Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust has told Alison Thorpe they will not allow the hysterectomy she sought for her severely disabled daughter Katie to go ahead (see Never Neverland). According to the BBC Mrs Thorpe blames this decision upon campaigners and "political correctness"

What I still want to know, is why no-one is mentioning the original Ashley X surgery having been ruled as illegal? Oh, and the small matter of the dead surgeon. Maybe political correctness just sounds better?



7 comments:

cogidubnus said...

Oh bendy girl...if I wasn't convinced before, I'm yours...

Casdok said...

I felt after all the press coverage first time around it all seems to be a bit quiet now.

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Cogidubnus: were you on the vino again last night my lovely?! ;) x

Casdok: I couldn't agree more. The BBC report I linked too is particularly odd, but the general direction of the media and published comments on some sites seems to be that the surgery should have and could have gone ahead if it weren't for those 'awful, interfering' disability rights people. Quite disturbing. I just can't understand why the media have never made more of the original Ashley surgery being illegal and the surgeon committing suicide. If nothing else it fits with scandal driven media. Sigh. BG x

cogidubnus said...

Just a tad, but that doesn't negate my admiration for your ability to sift through the garbage, "cut to the quick" and identify the critical questions....

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Cogidubnus: Wow. Thank you. Truly. It's an ability that doesn't always win me such admiration. As I'm sure you can imagine. I've been meaning to ask, interesting choice of name...

cogidubnus said...

Ah...well he was a British tribal chief in the south of England about the time of the second Roman invasion...(54BC was really only a scouting mission...43AD was the one that counted)...

As he was one of the chiefs who actually invited the Romans across, (something you don't learn in school!) lots of people regard him as a collaborator of some kind...

However, in truth, the british had traded with these people for over a hundred years, (something else you don't learn in school), and I like to think he was something of a progressive, was wise and experienced enough to recognise the inevitability of what would otherwise have happened, and adapted to the times...

Either way, his people did pretty well post invasion, and his rather splendid villa (or part of it at least) can be seen at Fishbourne, near Chichester, West Sussex...

The modern trend is, apparently, to call him Togidubnus, but hey I learned him as Cogi back in the 50s/60s and (perhaps not as wise as he was) ain't about to change!

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Cogidubnus: Thank you. He sounds fascinating. And I think you are plenty wise!