I always get anxious when a former Archbishop chooses the columns of The Daily Mail to make his views known especially when they are in direct contrast to those of the present holder of that office.  And yet, as Archbishop Tutu rightly reminds us, there are very real issues around the unnecessary prolonging of life.  Similarly the issue of assisted suicide cannot be simply dismissed with, “No. Never.”  Yet in wanting to respond with compassion to those seeking to so end their lives, we cannot ignore possible unintended consequences for those who have no such wish.  The issues here deserve more than a one day debate in the House of Lords.  The House of Bishops call for a Royal Commission surely offers a place for a quieter and more nuanced debate.

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