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David Cameron to ‘look into’ pardon for gay war hero Alan Turing

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  1. Is it just me or does Stephen Gilbert have more than just a passing resemblance to Alan Turing as in the Attitude front page pic?

  2. Can’t see them pardoning him. It would set a precedent for ALL men prosecuted under those disgraceful anti-gay laws to be pardoned.

    1. Colin (London) 17 Oct 2013, 9:33am

      Sadly I agree with you but all these men should be pardoned.

      1. Couldn’t agree more. But, (and I’m not sure on this …) if all were pardoned, wouldn’t that lead to claims for compensation? Perhaps the government is waiting until everyone who was prosecuted has died …

  3. Philip Breen 17 Oct 2013, 6:35am

    Truth – you have hit the nail on the head! What is worse is that these old gay offences have new consequences beyond those suffered at the time since they are all included on the 2013 list of offences that can never be filtered. If the government is serious about not persecuting gays, they would pardon Turing and all others convicted of the old gay offences where Safeguarding issues had not been shown to be a relevant factor in cases, bury the hatchet and allow gay people to move on. Instead, unchallenged, this new filtering legislation makes life very difficult if not impossible for gays convicted of the old gay offences that had nothing whatever to do with minors or vulnerable adults. They are excluded by enhanced disclosures from volunteering & from working like anyone else. Paranoid homophobia is far from over in the UK. The government and police could deal with this anomaly conclusively but they don’t want to help really. Meanwhile, as a consequence, many gays in the UK suffer.

  4. A pointless PR stunt that would:
    A) Whitewash the crime committed against Turing by the British government
    B) Insult all the other people convicted under this law who didn’t ‘earn’ a pardon by inventing computers and saving the world…

  5. Colin (London) 17 Oct 2013, 9:44am

    What would it cost this country to pardon them. A few months to identify them and a blanket pardon for their families, communities and more importantly the memory of the men themselves.

    It would show that the UK can make mistakes and admit it in the eyes of the world. It would show that this country for all its faults recognised is confident enough to say on a world stage we got it wrong and apologise unreservedly. Now out of a bad situation this would be a worthy apology to influence the rest of the world at a time when gay (human) rights are succeeding in enlightened countries but in some cases going backwards in others.

    But the scummy churches will pull these good people down as for some reason they need to bray. Time they learned to be good followers as society is changing with or without them.

    Alan Turing and many others should be pardoned. It should not in my opinion be questioned. I really would love to see the Queen do this to put a dreadful wrong behind us as we move

  6. Colin (London) 17 Oct 2013, 9:49am

    forward with society.

    It would also be a precedent on which other countries can apologise for their mistakes. Some already have. Just maybe it would help countries come together and resolve issues causing conflict today but started generations ago.

    We all live on this planet the only one we have. Can we see our similarities and not our differences.

    Come on Mr Cameron yet again do your stuff Sir.

  7. Philip Breen 18 Oct 2013, 12:16pm

    Forward with society- I agree with you. In fact, to do away with disclosing old gay offences and even a blanket pardon would lift the burdens of many years for so many people. This is not about money. In fact, I suspect few would even contemplate trying to get compensation since what they had done was illegal at the time. Many would rather just have the freedom to get on with their lives and move on rather than exert limited energies on trying to get money from the government.

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