Friday, May 15, 2009

The Magdalene Sisters

For some time, I entertained the suspicion that one consequence of society's secularisation has been that the type of women who would once have become Magdalene Sisters now pursue careers as human resources managers instead.
I was wrong in this; the religious who ran the Magdalene Asylums excelled at making life difficult for people, while those human resources managers who try it on aren't really very good at it at all. You can't make life more difficult for people than by exposing them to the risk of the type of medical murder called 'assisted suicide' - you'll die for your own good, and whether you want to or not. That's really making life difficult for people; turning occasions of healing into occasions of fear, with the old, the sick, and the weak, fearful of being put to death because a business school trained hospital administrator thinks they're a drain on resources, failing to seek attention they need and dying anyway.
From now on, for services to making other peoples' lives difficult, Polly Toynbee, Margo MacDonald, and now Joan Bakewell, who for some reason thinks she's the 'Voice of Older People', and all those women of a certain age whose antics have helped make our age so uncertain and who wish to discuss 'assisted suicide', shall be described as The Magdalene Sisters. O wad some pow'r the gift tae gie us,'s the nickname that won't go away...


Blogger James Higham said...

Like it.

15 May, 2009 14:52  
Blogger Martin said...

Grazie tanto.

16 May, 2009 05:13  

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