That’s lucky then, eh?

Australia’s oldest scientist, David Goodall, has ended his own life, surrounded by family at a clinic in Switzerland.

The British-born 104-year-old was forced to travel on a one-way ticket from his home in Western Australia to Switzerland

As he wasn’t intending to use the return leg of it, was he?

19 comments on “That’s lucky then, eh?

  1. It was lucky. Sometimes they won’t let you in if you haven’t got a return ticket and some visible means of support for six months or whatever.

    I’m sure if he’d had to go through Stansted the poor sod would have been fucked.

  2. One of the most irksome of all journalistic habits is the routine misuse of “forced”.

  3. Unusually, Australia appears to have a non-Borg drone at the helm:

    I have serious concerns about a community where we make arbitrary decisions about whose life is valuable enough to continue and whose should be ended under the law.

    Which is precisely why the Guardian loves it. To even have concerns is to oppose a “liberal” assisted dying policy! Sack this hater immediately!

  4. Rob,

    The president of the AMA is not at the helm of Australia, though the AMA is one of those organisations that, since it knows best, thinks it should dictate policy to elected politicians.

    The community did not make an arbitrary decision to end Dr Goodall’s life, he arrived at that decision himself, as should be his right. Nobody other than Dr Goodall passed judgement on the quality of his life.

  5. @ PJH

    The scientist requested that his body be donated to medicine or, if that were no possible, that his ashes be scattered locally in Switzerland.

  6. ‘And in his final minutes, he listened to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony’

    Proof he wasn’t sane, and should not have been allowed to choose.

  7. Oh! Sorry. Sir Richard seems to be a good guy.

    David telling me I’m messing the planet up needs to stop.

  8. Re: Rob

    I have serious concerns about a community where we make arbitrary decisions about whose life is valuable enough to continue and whose should be ended under the law.

    I too would have serious concerns should this be down to the community to decide (as is the case with, for example, the death penalty in the USA).

    However at the moment in most countries we have the community making the, admittedly non-arbitrary, decision that everybody’s life is valuable enough that it must continue.

    Rather than having the community decide one way or another I would be more than happy were this left to the individual to decide for themselves.

  9. He wasn’t forced to travel. If he had been then surely that would have been assisted and charged would follow

  10. @Surreptitious Evil

    I wonder if the poster could be the legendary Silent Bob, signing in as ‘Robert’. He used to leave many a pithy newline commenting on the execrable drivel at order-order.com.

    He seems to have a suitably mysterious and unreachable website at http://r

  11. He wasn’t forced to fly to Switzerland. He could just have walked into the water like Scott Hutchison.

  12. I agree with Gamecock: David Attenborough has frequently said he believes the global population needs to be reduced but he never follows through…

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