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Martin Amis Says 'Euthanasia Booths On Every Street Corner' a Mighty Fine Plan

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Martin Amis Says 'Euthanasia Booths On Every Street Corner' a Mighty Fine Plan
'End your life with a Martini and a Medal' - just step into a Government sponsored '''Euthanasia Booth'''. Author Martin Amis claims this is what's needed for Britain. Too damn many old people clogging up the system.

Of course, that's what happens when TPTB fix society so men and women don't marry and raise a family - you get an overabundance of oldsters.

Amis claims they should receive a medal when the kill themselves.
For the life of me, though, I can't figure out why I'd want or what I'd do with a shiny, gold spray painted medal of the queen's face if I AM GOING TO KILL MYSELF!

I don't believe Amis has given a great deal of thought to his plan.
But like similar plans put forth by Those Who Know How You Should Live..
I say - OK, but you go first, CHUMP!

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Last updated at 7:50 AM on 25th January 2010

Martin Amis: The author has called for euthanasia booths on street corners and said 'the denial of death is a great curse'
Euthanasia 'booths' should be established on street corners for pensioners to end their lives with 'a martini and a medal', novelist Martin Amis said yesterday.
Britain is facing a demographic timebomb as its ageing population places an impossible burden on society, the controversial writer claimed.
Anti-euthanasia campaigners reacted with horror to the suggestion of euthanasia booths for pensioners and called Amis's idea 'repugnant and offensive'.
The 60-year-old novelist predicted Britain could be engulfed by a 'civil war' between the old and young if it did not tackle its ageing population.
'How is society going to support this silver tsunami?' he asked in an interview with the Sunday Times.
'There'll be a population of demented very old people, like an invasion of terrible immigrants, stinking out the restaurants and cafes and shops.
'I can imagine a sort of civil war between the old and the young in ten or 15 years' time.'
Amis, a grandfather, added: 'There should be a booth on every corner where you could get a martini and a medal.'
Amis said medical science had ' overvaulted itself' in extending human life, adding: 'There's a certain point where your life slips into the negative.'
He told how his support for euthanasia had deepened since the death of his stepfather, Lord Kilmarnock, last year.
He said he had wanted to help the Roman Catholic peer to die because it was clear he was fighting a 'lost battle'.
He said: 'He thought he was going to get better. But he didn't. I think the denial of death is a great curse. We all wanted to assist him... it was clearly a lost battle.'
The writer said he had also been influenced by the death of writer Dame Iris Murdoch in 1999, two years after her husband revealed she had Alzheimer's.
He said: 'There should be a way out for rational people who've decided they're in the negative.

Amis said he had been influenced by the death of writer Dame Iris Murdoch, pictured, two years after it was revealed she had Alzheimer's
'That should be available, and it should be quite easy. I can't think it would be too hard to establish some sort of test that shows you understand.'
Alistair Thompson, of anti-euthanasia group Care Not Killing, said the idea of euthanasia booths was 'offensive'.
He added: 'We would resist any attempt to put these death booths on the streets of this country.
'How on earth can people describe themselves as civilised when they're advocating this style of euthanasia for the elderly and disabled? It's completely repugnant.'
Amis gave the interview to promote his novel, The Pregnant Widow, which is out next month.
Mr Thompson said: 'There is a very nasty smell about using this to promote a book.
'There is a very nasty smell that someone as high-profile as Martin Amis could actually make such a ludicrous proposal.'
Dr Richard Lamerton, of the pressure group Alert, which campaigns against legalised euthanasia, said he was horrified by Amis's comments.
He said: 'I can think of quite a few modern writers who, if they killed themselves off, never would be missed.
'But to give elderly people the message that it would only be decent to get out of the way would be to deny the wonderful contribution of grandfathers and grandmothers to the lives of young people.
'If Martin Amis wants to avoid lame brains in our society he would do more good fighting against the young people's drug culture.'

The campaign group Dignity In Dying, which lobbies for medically assisted suicides for terminally ill adults, said: 'Like too many people in the UK, Martin Amis has witnessed the bad death of a loved one.
'The answer to this problem is two-fold - we need better access to high quality end-of-life care and we need a change in the law to allow the choice of assisted dying for those terminally ill, mentally competent adults who want it.
'Dignity In Dying's campaign for a change in the law is not about the introduction of "euthanasia booths", nor is it in anticipation of a "silver tsunami".
'Our campaign is about allowing dying adults who have mental capacity a compassionate choice to end their suffering, subject to strict legal safeguards.'
'When Plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men,
they create for themselves, in the course of time,
a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.'
Frederic Bastiat, 'The Law'

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its a great idea, why we have mercy on our pets but not humans, and that i will never understand, if your dying and there is nothing left but pain and suffering we shoulod be given the option to get a shot to end it. its the ultimate form of free will.
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Shades of Soylent Green.....Flowers, Symphony and a fling with a needle blink