Lord Carlile responds to party activist's 'errors, half truths and spin' on 'assisted dying'
In an article for Lib Dem Voice
- a forum for the party's members, supporters and activists - Lord Carlile of Berriew corrected an earlier opinion piece by Simon Beard
which sought to argue that Dignitas and the Swiss legal framework
were 'too convenient'
, and that "if we want to see a real change in the law we need to change the terms of the debate."
Lord Carlile asserts that Beard's tract was "so replete with errors, half-truths and spin that it is difficult to know where to start with the correcting pen"
Lord Carlile, a deputy high court judge and practising barrister, corrected a string of legal and statistical inaccuracies & fallacies put forward in support of changing this country's laws regarding euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Liberal Democrats as a party adopted a motion in support of Dutch-style 'medically assisted dying'
at their Autumn Conference in September, but it is clear that within their ranks, debate is far from over.