Well, well, My Black Cat, The Eve of All Hallows is nearly upon us and we still have much to do in preparation for The Great Big Party when all witches and black cats get together for our annual festivities.
This year, we discovered that we have competitors. The politicians seem to be using a charity to do some of their social engineering work for them regarding the public attitude to death. They too are holding a great big party. They are calling it “The Day of the Dead” in an attempt to convince Jo and Josephine Bloggs that they should be celebrating death rather than dreading it or even sweeping it under the carpet, heaven forbid!
As expected, the terminology is all sanitised, and peppered with our old friends “patient choice,” “a good death,” “dignity” and so on….. What we witches think is really reprehensible about all of this, My Black Cat, is that the government, or rather the previous government, blatantly recruited the umbrella charity “The National Council for Palliative Care” (NCPC), to do their
dirty dignified work for them.
“NCPC was asked by the Government to set up and lead a new Coalition to raise public awareness about dying, death and bereavement. This is called Dying Matters Coalition, which has a small expert project team, a stakeholder group and has already recruited nearly 12,000 coalition members in its first year.”
And of course, the members of NCPC have agreed to perform the government’s work for them. They have undergone Creep as only the humankind can. They have even recruited “a recognised global leader in the application of behaviour change and social marketing. He has extensive experience of developing, leading and managing public behaviour change projects and social marketing programmes at international, national, regional and local level.”
Presumably, The Bloggs family are, like you and me, paying for this Change Agent through tax. Since we are told we are living in times of austerity when money must not be wasted, it would seem that whipping up public interest in death is considered to be money well spent.
Wonder why, My Black Cat?
Do you remember My Black Cat, when we brought attention to a group called “Friends at the End.”
“And tell me, My Black Cat, why has this subsection of The National Council for Palliative Care, recruited among its members groups who are in favour of assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia?
Why, for example, is “Friends at the End” a member?
The founder member of Friends at the End was “the test case” Libby Wilson, who in the Witch Doctor’s opinion should have been, in the public interest, charged and tried in a criminal court. Another key member of Friends at the End is Michael Irwin who was “struck off” by the GMC and who last week was heard pontificating on Radio 4 alongside the notorious australian Dr Nitschke, sometimes known as Dr Death.
Palliative care specialists have, up till now, distanced themselves from those promoting a change in the law to make assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia legal.
So what do these same palliative care specialists think they are playing at now?””
This is the page where it featured once upon a time. But no longer………
Me and My Black Cat were both flattered that somebody from “Dying Matters” reads our blog!
We were even more flattered that it led to some action.
Some will say it was just coincidence, but we have reason to think that it was not.
Now then, My Black Cat, there is another group which is associated with assisted suicide / euthanasia. They are still members of “Dying Matters.”
See if you can find them on their website.
And then ask yourself this:
Is it appropriate that specialists in palliative care align themselves with groups who want the laws on assisted suicide and euthanasia changed, so that it is not an offence to kill a patient who requests it?
Now that we have mentioned it, My Black Cat, let’s see if this other pro-euthanasia group is deleted from Dying Matters website soon.
This name of this group is DIGNITY IN DYING If this group does not disappear as did “Friends at the End, then it seems that the leaders of our society have succeeded in aligning specialists in palliative care with pro-euthanasia groups.
Do you think Dignity in Dying will be deleted, My Black Cat?
Or do you think it will stay?
It is always interesting for a witch to watch Social Engineering and Creep in operation.
Isn’t it , My Black Cat?
Here is The Saga unfolding :