The Culture of Death & Growing Totalitarianism

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Alfie Evans
Alfie Evans

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- The British government’s decisions to allow two critically ill babies to die in two years is a natural reflection of the culture of death and the steady increase in totalitarian tendencies among Western governments.

Last year, the British government ordered life support removed from Charlie Gard, ending his life when he was just 11 months old. Now, Alfie Evans – just 23 months old – has received what amounts to the same death sentence. On Monday, he was removed from life support by court order – against the wishes of his parents.

Then, something remarkable happened. The child confounded his doctors and refused to die.

As of the time I am writing this, Alfie Evans is still alive and is breathing unaided. This is despite the claim made by a medical professional during a court hearing that Alfie would die quickly – possibly in “minutes” – if taken off life support.

But even this display of the power of the human spirit to defy the expectations of the supposedly rational and objective state did nothing to sway the minds of the British courts and state-run medical apparatus.

On Wednesday, another legal appeal by the parents to be allowed to try and save their son’s life was denied.

The secular system has asserted its right to define what lives are worth living and is determined to prevent its authority from being questioned. Alfie Evans’ life – like Charlie Gard’s before him – has been determined to be limited by the standards of the secular state – and therefore without value.

These tragic government-imposed death sentences for innocent infants should frighten all of us about increasing secularism in society and the steady shift towards a totalitarian willingness to control our lives – down to and including ending them – on the government’s terms.

This is a direct assault on the core premise of the Declaration of Independence. We Americans asserted that we “are endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” In the American Revolution, in our fight against the British crown, we asserted that rights come from God not from government.

However, our secular, liberal culture increasingly dismisses the concept of God and asserts that our rights come from a rational contract enforced by government. In the original American model, we asserted our God-given rights against the power of a potentially tyrannical government. In the emerging left-wing secular order, since there is no God, our rights depend on a secular state controlling itself.

Britain is giving us a vivid, tragic sense of how dangerous and heartless government tyranny can be once God is rejected and there is nothing between us and the government.

Ironically, this latest decision was made the same year Stephen Hawking died 55 years after he was diagnosed with ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and told he had only two years to live. Apparently, the British government learned no lessons from Hawking’s remarkable lifetime of work and achievement, which he pursued despite having to battle an extraordinarily challenging illness. In fact, in 1985, Hawking contracted pneumonia while he was writing A Brief History of Time, and his wife was asked if his life should be terminated. She refused, and Hawking went on to live another 33 years and publish one of the most acclaimed books of the 20th century, which has since sold more than 10 million copies worldwide – all after it had been suggested he be taken off life support.

Hawking should be a permanent reminder that the human spirit is more important than the human body and that the will to live and achieve should not be destroyed by the state.

Yet, in the very country which produced and nurtured Hawking, the government still ordered the removal of life support from two babies. In both cases there has been an organized alternative to government-imposed death.

Charlie Gard’s condition was potentially treatable by an experimental process in the United States. An American hospital and other organizations were willing to treat him. Supporters gave more than 1.3 million pounds (about $1.8 million) to pay for the travel and treatment. His parents wanted him to have the chance to live. However, the British bureaucracy took time to consider if he could go. During that bureaucratic process, his condition worsened. Then, having allowed his condition to worsen by refusing to say yes, it was too late. During the bureaucratic deliberation, Charlie’s parents and those who wanted to try to save him were told they had no right to help their own child. The child belonged to the government, and the government would decide whether he had the right to live.

This year, Alfie Evans had international support for an opportunity to live. The “Pope’s hospital”, Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital, has offered to treat Alfie (as it did with Charlie), and Pope Francis has publicly appealed to the British government to allow the young child to be taken to Rome. An air ambulance was sent to Alfie’s hospital earlier this week to bring him to the doctors who wanted to try for a miraculous cure.

In a real sense: What better place is there to hope for a miracle than in the Pope’s pediatric hospital, which has helped many children with rare diseases?

This appeal for hope fell on the deaf ears of the state, which refused to allow Alfie’s parents to transfer their child to Rome. In fact, The Telegraph reported that despite a judge ruling that Alfie’s parents could “explore” taking the child home, doctors treating the child have been against this because they fear that “in the ‘worst case’ they would try to take the boy abroad.”

In other words, the “worst case” scenario would be for Alfie’s parents to seek medical help to save their child.

This is monstrous. It is difficult to understand the arrogance and coldness of British judges who prefer to order death rather than allow parents to fight for the lives of their children. Yet at least twice in two years we have seen a supposedly free country’s court system impose death on its most innocent citizens.

Some of this cruelty and inhumanity is a function of the growing culture of death and the expanding sense that secular values must drive religious values out of public life.

Some of it comes from a National Health Service which must bureaucratically define what is worth investing in and what is not. In a world of limited medical resources, little babies with rare conditions become expendable “for the greater good.” The fact that we are all diminished makes no difference to the atheist bureaucratic left.

Those who say they favor socialism must be made to confront this inhumanity, which is an integral part of socialist implementation. When the government controls everything, the government defines everything, and humanity is crushed beneath petty rules and petty rulers.

In America, we are watching the steady growth of intolerance and the totalitarian impulse. Look at the campuses which now seek to control speech. Look at the polls which show young people are being educated into support for censorship. Look at the California legislature which is considering legislation that, taken to its logical conclusion, will outlaw the sale and distribution of the Bible and the Koran (the secular society sees both as intolerant, dangerous documents).

When you read about these two babies being denied life support by a supposedly free government, remember what John Donne warned when he wrote “any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

In these two years, we have seen two babies effectively sentenced to death by a government we would once have considered humane. What will the next horror be?

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    Dave the not infalliable
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    Dave the not infalliable

    Rights are inalienable – they exist, period. Doesn’t matter if you believe in someone in the sky or no one in the sky, or even if you are not sure – my rights don’t depend on your belief system or even my belief system. Atheists are just that, not to be confused with Statists, who believe in the state to dole out what we call rights, but only as privileges.

    Lava
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    Lava

    This is a good topic ruined by shameless bigoted crap about non-religiousness. The government isn’t secular, the government is its own god. Totalitarianism is a sort of slavery – you belong to the state and it can choose when to dispose of you. . Secularism is not the problem. A secular society by itself could do very well and be happy. A secular government decision to devalue its property–er, citizens–now that’s the totalitarian state talking. The government could do just as badly in the name of god — in fact isn’t that what 15th-18th century Britain was? What the Crusades… Read more »

    Macofjack
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    Macofjack

    @Mike the Lamoy – you might want to go back and check some of your post before you go spelling NAZI on ANYONE!!!

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    Wild Bill Is it really too hard to perceive that the judiciary is independent of the other branches of government? The judiciary in the UK are NOT beholden to the executive & apply the laws made by the legislature. They don’t rely on patronage or (thankfully) the popular vote. Again: The government did NOT “order the killing” of this unfortunate soul. On the contrary, they kept him alive at a cost estimated to be in excess of £600,000 -($850,000), a cost paid by UK taxpayers as a whole. There was NO HOPE of him surviving, in exactly the same manner… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Mike the L. No, that is not hard “to believe that the judiciary is independent of the other branches of government”, but earlier you wrote that, ” the UK Government HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE. The dispute was between the parents & the medical profession & was arbitrated through the judiciary, who, in the UK at least, are completely independent from the government.” That is a subtle twist and I commend you on your command of your native language. I think that it is perfectly natural for us to ask you a few questions about these medical cases… Read more »

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    So now there’s some dumbass saying the UK doesn’t have a Constitution. Guess what bucko; your 2nd Amendment was inspired by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. Not only that but most of the rest was based on English constitutional precedence. The Magna Carta of 1215 & Charter of the Forest first encoded freedoms in the UK. Then there’s the Provisions of Oxford(1258) & London(1259), followed by the Statute of Marlborough(1267), the petition of Right(1628), Instrument of Government(1653), Humble Petition & Advice 1657, various Reform Acts & sundry legislation over several centuries. And it ALL stands to this day,… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Mike the L, can you post a copy of the UK Constitution, please.

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    No, because it runs to thousands, if not tens of thousands of pages of precedence, case law & parliamentary reference.
    Much as I admire the US Constitution for its brevity, it’s still an incomplete document & one all too open to underhand attacks (viz eminent domain & especially the gun grabbers’ incessant attacks on the 2nd Amendment).
    If you want to see our Bill of Rights, then go here: https://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/evolutionofparliament/parliamentaryauthority/revolution/collections1/collections-glorious-revolution/billofrights/image-2/

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @MtL, Went to you the website that you had suggested. I see that the UK understanding of what a constitution is and the American understanding of what a Constitution is are quite different. I suppose that Churchill was right when he said that we are two peoples separated by a common language. I suggest that we be more precise in our statements in the future. Oh, and before I forget… I suppose that you all are happy with your government, systems, and “constitution”, but I would not trade even if you threw in free health care.

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    By ‘eck there’s some ignorance of how things work in the UK being shown.
    The UK courts are NOT beholden to the government. Any attempt by the UK government to interfere with the independence &/or judgements made by the courts would inevitably result in a constitutional crisis, followed very quickly by the fall of that government & fresh elections & I very much doubt the political party in power at the time would have much of a chance of being returned to power until it had amply demonstrated its intent to never again attempt such a move.

    Brian
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    Brian

    When you don’t have the money to pay for your health care then the choice to live or die belongs to the government or an insurance company. But before there was a government and before there was insurance companies the choice to live or die belonged to God. It was never your choice.

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    @Brian …Doesn’t matter how much money you have , God says your time is up your done.

    ETAL …Sorry for stating the obvious .

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    The comments here only serve to make their writers look dumb. I happen to live in the UK most of the time so I think I can safely say I’m more aware of what goes on here than anyone relying on the media, or the internet. We don’t have death panels. The government did NOT “order life support to be removed”, nor did the court. The court agreed with multiple medical professionals that prolonging the child’s life by artificial means had no merit & there was no chance whatsoever of the child recovering. The vast majority of the UK has… Read more »

    Macofjack
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    Macofjack

    @Mike the Lamoy – your just keep shooting yourself in the foot and are just to stupid to see it (or your just a troll and have no idea what you are typing)!!!
    It is said that ‘stupid is as stupid does’ and man you have a lock on that!

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    Really?
    I suggest you start with spelling & grammar, then work up to logic based argument before you move on to ad hominems.

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    Physician, heal thyself.
    The only stupid one here is yourself & your ignorant comments (& bad spelling).

    dava golino
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    dava golino

    there is no more England. more like londonstan… What was England is a piece of meat held by the Greasy fingers of the EU….Lt Col. Brown: “Those who turn their guns into plow shears will plow for those that don’t.” Thomas Jefferson. And, as long as you can pull a trigger, you are relevant. Bomb Brussels, not Syria…We are dealing with a group people That have POWER due to MONEY or POLITICAL position, influenced by the EU… The sold out EU organizations, like MSM, Hollywood, The BBC .The Vatican. the Londonstan Mayor, communist educators and Judges, NEVER PAY for the… Read more »

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    To all those saying the courts have no right to overrule the parents’ wishes: What if the parents were refusing to have their child given life saving medical assistance?
    Oh & enough of the rot about “socialised medicine” as that’s what it is; utter rot. Go look at the facts, rather than the nonsense the media is feeding you & at the same time, explain why life expectancy in the UK is greater than in the US & the gap is widening.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Mike the L. Well, the government stepping in to save a child is on thing, but the government stepping in to deny your child medical care so that the child dies is quite another. I believe that you, classically, have the shoe on the wrong foot.
    But now don’t get angry. You opened the door on this, so you have to expect some questions.

    Core
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    Core

    Well written and fundamentally logical. Scary prospect of an indifferent future driven by a metric that quantifies the value of life and imposes a death sentence accordingly.

    Frank
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    Frank

    Everyone should read Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and 1984 as well as Amimal Farm by George Orwell. Might wake you up.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Frank, Everyone should read “One Second After” and “Day of Wrath” by William R. Forstchen, too!

    Nomen Ignotus
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    Nomen Ignotus

    “The welfare of the People has always been the alibi of tyrants and has the further advantage of giving a good conscience to the servants of tyranny ” ( Albert Camus ) .

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    Mr. G, you have correctly identified the root of all this and more: as a culture we have had God out with the rubbish. We’ve replaced Him with government as god. And, as far as gods go, government are a very shabby imitation. quote: When the government controls everything, the government defines everything, and humanity is crushed beneath petty rules and petty rulers. And there are those amongst us who would claim that service to an all knowing, all powerul, all caring God is submitting to tyranny. Perhaps it is… but, to quote a rather well known old folk singer,… Read more »

    James Higginbotham
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    James Higginbotham

    God does NOT expect us to TOIL UNDER A TYRANNICAL GOVT OR CORRUPT LEADERS.
    our GREAT FOREFATHERS PROVED THIS.
    and i do BELIEVE, we the people are going to have DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.
    it just DEPENDS HOW MUCH LONGER BEFORE WE ACT? because the LONGER WE STALL THE WORSE IT’S GOING TO GET.

    Jim Macklin
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    Jim Macklin

    The Queen of England is a very old lady. I’m sure that if she fell and broke a rib she’s too old to be worth spending government money to heal. She might die of old age tomorrow, her future prospects are VERY limited.
    When will England install the public Zyklon B showers?

    DaveW
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    DaveW

    The Queen is the richest person in the UK and can afford any medical she wants. As the Queen, she also gets full coverage.

    This is all the result of a progressive healthcare system (aka liberal) where everything has been provided (including drugs for junkies) that the system is broke and can no longer support the idea of free medical without cutting corners and thus, ending lives. Germany already allows people to end their own lives and for doctors to provide the meds to do so. We allow millions of abortions while objecting to students being shot to death.

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    What a pile of fabricated drivel. If falls at the fist fence, as the UK Government HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE. The dispute was between the parents & the medical profession & was arbitrated through the judiciary, who, in the UK at least, are completely independent from the government. All this shit abut so-called “socialised medicine” is so far removed from reality as to rank with chemtrails & 9/11 conspiracy theories. I am & always have been, a conservative & one regarded as “old school” but I support the existence of the UK NHS 100%. Yes, things can… Read more »

    Mike B in WI
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    Mike B in WI

    Mike the Limey says, “Don’t believe the BS about this child, as he ad [sic] NO NOPE of surviving whatsoever. READ the medical evidence, rather than the agenda driven, sensationalist rubbish the media are churning out.” Mr. Limey, SO WHAT if some think he had no hope of survival? What right does anyone else have to say what the parents can or can’t do in an attempt to save their child? What the hell are courts doing ruling that just because some doctors say there is “no hope,” that the parent are NOT PERMITTED to try and save their child?… Read more »

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    So it would be OK the other way round in your book: where the parents are allowed to DENY their chiild treatment because they disagree with it?
    Looks like hypocrisy to me.
    In this case, the NHS spent over $600,000 on caring for this child, most of it AFTER it was plain he was suffering from a terminal & irreversible degeneration of his brain.
    Tell me again which US hospital would continue treating him for free with that prognosis…

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @MtL, “in your book” is an interesting phrase to pick. Are you talking the morality “book” or the law “book” ? Remember the UK law “book” is far different from the American “law” book. The second interesting phrase that you have picked is “spent over $600,000 on caring for this child,…” I don’t see the relevance. Finally, the answer to which US hospital would continue treating him for free with that prognosis is all of them. If the hospital can not talk the next of kin into discontinuing treatment the Drs would have to continue treatment or face homicide charges… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Mike the L, Well I would like to believe you, so answer a few questions for me. How long did Alfie live after the doctor told the (British government employed) judge that Alfie would die if taken off of life support? By whose authority does the medical facility and the medical personnel refuse to release the child to his parents? If Alfie “… would die quickly – possibly in “minutes” – if taken off life support.”, then what do the Doctors care where Alfie dies? Couldn’t Alfie die just as easily in the care and custody of his parents? Or… Read more »

    Mike11C
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    Mike11C

    I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Mike the Limey to answer that. He has also skirted around the fact that the Italian government offered to give the kid citizenship, transportation to Italy, and the medical care the British government refused to. All the Brits had to do is release the kid to his parents. Nothing more.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Mike11Charlie, Yeah, I’m turning mighty blue, here!
    Sierra 7 Bravo 06 out.

    Jeffersonian
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    Jeffersonian

    “If falls at the fist fence, as the UK Government HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE.”

    Riiiiight, that’s why the government sent police to prevent the parents from reclaiming their child.

    Think about the kind of cop who would obey that kind of order.

    Mickt
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    Mickt

    Wait, didn’t you say national health system? Isn’t that the government? While you misdirect with, ‘the judiciary is independent of the government’, you conveniently leave out the bit about the healthcare system run by a government agency. So logically, the parents vs. the medical establishment is the same as the parents vs. a government agency. You say the judiciary is independent. Most of us know that to be shite too you limey tart. How do I know? My grand parents moved her from Belfast! Nice try troll

    Macofjack
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    Macofjack

    The British government (more like a cabal) tried this with another family. They got their child out of the country and he received treatment! Over eight years and he is still alive!!!! They call it the practice of medicine, they are still trying to get it right!

    Matt in Oklahoma
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    Matt in Oklahoma

    This is what happens when you trade your freedom for care, safety or really anything. Socialism isn’t the right direction and is the choice of the weak and lazy.
    It’s not my country nor my problem but it is a great example of what can go wrong. One of my questions I had was somebody there to forcibly stop them from removing the child? I wonder if the story mighta ended differently with inalienable rights being used to protect their own.

    hippybiker
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    hippybiker

    I think back to these words…” It is extremely difficult to load armed people into boxcars, and even more so to kill sick children!”

    Missouri Born
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    Missouri Born

    This type of government rule is why they banned firearms for the citizens to own, it stops their ability to fight back against unfair intrusion.

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    More hysterical idiocy from someone plainly ignorant as regards the NHS & its workings.
    My mother happens to be a “very old lady” of 89 & in the past couple of years has had tens of thousands of pounds worth of treatment from the NHS at no further cost to her & with no intimation whatsoever that ongoing tratment will be withheld.
    Please do some research before falling for the uninformed drivel Gingrich has written.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    Mikey Limey, any court IS a part of government at SOME level. If that court has sway over one’s life and/or substnce, it IS “government” by definition. These parents were “governed” by the BINDING decisioni of that court. Never mind the tracking of “authority”, that court wielded the power of life and death over that child. If that is not government it is criminality then.. the greater force imposing its own will on another who is unwilling to comply, yet powerless in the face of the entity. Wake up,man… WE fought a war over here to rid ourselves of that… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Tio, I, too, have difficulty understanding how the UK courts could not be part of the government. Who pays the judges, clerks and other staff? Perhaps they all work for free because there is nothing else to do in that socialist society.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Mike the L, Actually, I am extraordinarily happy to be “… plainly ignorant as regards the NHS & its workings.” And I hope to remain blissfully ignorant of it. But I am curious as to how the UK judiciary can be not part of the government. Can the UK courts make findings of fact, and conclusions of law; and order people incarcerated or released; fined or ordered to pay plaintiffs? If not part of the government, do the UK courts have to be obeyed?

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    How very odd.
    Firstly this had nothing to do with the government, as the judiciary here is completely separate from the State.
    Secondly. I have several rifles & multiple shotguns. Oh & three suppressors on which I didn’t have to pay for a tax stamp, didn’t have to pay over the odds & was actually encouraged to use whenever possible.

    TexDan
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    TexDan

    Yes I have heard that those in the UK can purchase suppressors without having to jump through hoops like us here in the U.S. But, you also have to lock up your firearms, separate from the ammunition, register those weapons and submit to unannounced checks by your government. I also own multiple rifles, including those dread AR 15’s, multiple shotguns and multiple (gasp) semiautomatic pistols. I don’t have to, by law, lock them up or separate from the ammunition I use to feed them. I can keep whatever firearms I want, to remain loaded and even next to me and… Read more »

    Macofjack
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    Macofjack

    @Limey – How stupid are you the British have NO constitution so how can there be a ‘constitutional crisis’?
    Two in a case a few years ago your so call medical system ws going to let another child die. The parents got him out of the country and he was treated and lived 8 years!
    There is a reason they call it the practice of medicine, because they still don’t have it right all the time.
    You show your stupidity on two fronts and I could go on, but why!

    Macofjack
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    Macofjack

    @Limey – so if we are to believe your statement that the judges have nothing to do with the government and they are not elected are they just born into the job! I see ANOTHER hole in your argument (starting to look like swiss cheese to me)!

    Chiefton
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    Chiefton

    Welcome to socialized medicine where the government decides your fate. And Democrats are pleading for this opportunity. I wonder if it is to treat fellow Democrats and let the others die?

    Mike the Limey
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    Mike the Limey

    Don’t conflate UK healthcare with what your extreme left political Party wants to force upon you.
    Once again: THE UK GOVERNMENT HAD NO SAY IN THIS CASE.

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    @Mike Limey we are not saying the Parliament of the U.K. ordered anything to do with Alfi, they have put others in charge of killing kids that are too expensive for them to maintain. It is pure nonsense that those trying to play God would refuse anyone to try and save this child. That person or people who declined to allow the Pope to take him to Rome for treatment should be buried at sea while still alive. It is not reasonable and not explainable for a human to weld that much power over another person. You can’t explain this… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Mike the L. How is the UK courts not part of the government? If what you say is true, then it should not be difficult to explain. Can I go to the UK and set up my own court? Maybe people would like my notions of justice and equity more than the current court system.

    Macofjack
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    Macofjack

    @Mike the Lamoy – You need some serious help, but you know that, just can make that little step. I feel sorry for you!