There is a transplant crisis. Not enough people are carrying donor cards. Hence, our ‘esteemed leader’ Gordon Brown has unveiled plans, finally, for doctors to remove organs without consent. If you disagree, it is up to you to opt out.
It seems a good idea – on the surface. But there are severe problems regarding individuality and freedom. Yes, more people should carry donor cards if they have no objection. But to legislate on such a thing?
I feel for people who have a loved one who needs a donor organ.
I cannot imagine the emotion involved. But the reality is, this is emotion – a personal thing. And such things should never enter politics.
Similarly, in a free country the rights of the individual come above the duties to the State. This is what freedom is all about. But in reversing the donor card problem to put an onus on the individual to opt out, Brown is going against the ethic of freedom.
That a politician can so easily go against the core value of his office, and do so by using emotional blackmail, is a disgrace. And he proves that he is not a fit man to lead a democracy.
But then again, he hasn’t been voted for anyway, has he?
© Anthony North, January 2008
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