Rod Liddle has a good point about the latest twist in the assisted suicide debate involving Ray Gosling:
Should people be allowed to smother their lovers because they think they are feeling a bit off-colour? This is just one of the problems with the case of Ray Gosling, who said in a BBC documentary that he had killed a former lover who was lying in a hospital bed in pain, and that it had been a pact between the two of them. Ray put a pillow over the face of the unnamed man and is now on bail as a murder suspect. How do we know it was a pact? How can we be certain that the motive for the killing was to end the suffering for the friend, and not to end the suffering for Gosling himself, watching his friend in pain? Because Gosling says so. And isn’t that the problem if we relax our laws on mercy killings?