Posted by: Witch Doctor | December 1, 2010

The mechanics of deathly creep


Read this, My Black Cat:

“Britain’s leading euthanasia campaign group has changed its name to Dignity in Dying, sparking protests from experts in palliative care.”

Pay attention, My Black Cat. Who is protesting about this?

Experts in palliative care…..


Now, My Black Cat, this is what they were changing their name from:


Note the word “euthanasia.” There is no doubt at all what this society is about.

Are you listening, My Black Cat? What is euthanasia about?

Killing people.

Correct, My Black Cat. It appears, The Voluntary Euthanasia Society felt this name a bit too explicit and unpalatable for the minds of the people they want to change.

So, what do they do?

They sanitise it. They change their name to “Dignity in Dying”

“The Voluntary Euthanasia Society hopes the name change will aid campaigning on all end of life medical treatment.”

So, My Back Cat, The Change Agents start off by changing their name.

Here’s what the folks in Palliative Medicine feel about this:

“But the Association of Palliative Medicine accuses the organisation of trying to suggest dignity in terminal illness can only be won by euthanasia.

It has written to Trade and Industry Secretary to oppose the change.

When teaching about palliative care, the phrase ‘dignity in dying’ is used in terms of how a patient’s quality of life can be improved.

Letter to the Secretary of State

The letter, also signed by the Medical Ethics Alliance, urged Alan Johnson to reject the euthanasia charity’s application for a new trademark based on the phrase.

It read: “Dignity in dying is a phrase in common parlance in many sections of the population, being used by patients worried about the care they will receive.

“Patients often ask whether they will have dignity in dying because they are frightened, feel abandoned, are worried they might be left incontinent, confused or in another state that will undermine their personal dignity.

“These patients are not asking for euthanasia or assisted suicide; they are asking for good care,” the letter said.”

They went as far as to say they felt the name change would not only cause confusion, but was also dishonest.

All this took place in 2006

You can read about it here:


Fast Forward to now:

The previous government has approached the National Council for Palliative Care to do some social engineering on their behalf. They wanted the Humankind to embrace death and celebrate it in many ways and so The National Council of Palliative Care begat “Dying Matters” in order to help the government with their aims. Dying Matters even held a nationwide “Day Of The Dead” on 1st November this year. We are not sure that many of The Humankind attended these celebrations although a corpse was seen playing the fiddle.

All this is beside the point, My Black Cat.

Since The National Council of Palliative Care spawned Dying Matters and since Dignity in Dying (formerly The Voluntary Euthanasia Society) is a member of Dying Matters, then euthanasia is now in bed with the Specialists in Palliative Care.

If this is not the case, then Dying Matters would have removed this euthanasia society which now calls themselves “Dignity in Dying” from their membership.

How do you think terminally ill patients under the care of palliative care teams in hospices and home will feel about this important Intertwinglement, My Black Cat?


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  1. Hmm, it’s the old dilemma. Do you stay on the outside where you can be frozen out, or do you join the committee in the hope that you can wreck it from the inside, but also with the risk that you yourself might be compromised?I can tell you that those I have spoken to in palliative care are very much against this WD. I’m hoping that the palliative groups here have joined to keep an eye on things, rather than to join in. We’ll see..

  2. […] My Black Cat, following on from our previous post, it appears that the Association for Palliative Medicine, and The Medical Ethics Alliance wrote to […]


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