Thursday, 31 October 2013

Alan Turing: Fuzzy Logic

"I have no intention of obstructing this Bill but I think as it continues on its journey towards the statute book there is something that should be said.
"As we know Alan Turing committed and was convicted of an act that would not be a crime today. Many other crimes have been committed similarly, but I hope this Bill will not be used as a precedent.
"Even more, I hope we will never seek to extend the logic of this Bill to posthumously convict men of crimes for acts which, when they were committed, were not criminal but would be if they were committed today.
"There is a dangerous precedent within this Bill."

Norman Tebbit speaking in the Lords, as the Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill cleared the upper house.

Bizarre as ever, no-one but the Lord Of Barking has suggested posthumously convicting "men" (Only men? And only dead men?) under newly-made laws.
I'm not sure what he's got in mind anyway; not wearing a seatbelt in 1974?
However, like many gay men I can't see any point in singling out Turing for a pardon - a bit of posturing feel-good gesture politics.
Unless perhaps, seeing as Normal Norman has now raised the issue, it was used as a precedent to pardon all the thousands of men convicted for now legal "homosexual offences" in the UK.
Though their lives can not be saved or rebuilt with an official "Sorry" note, either.

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