A bit in two minds about this:
Alan Turing is a national hero. His contribution to computer science, and hence to the life of the nation and the world, is incalculable. The ripple-effect of his theories on modern life continues to grow, and may never stop.
The current Bank of England £10 notes are Series E, but Series F notes are already in circulation for some denominations. We therefore call upon the Treasury to request the Bank of England to consider depicting Alan Turing when Series F £10 banknotes are designed.
Very much in two minds.
For Turing\’s thing was for boys, adolescents at best, rather than men.
And we seem to have gone through a rather large change over the decades. Anyone with piccies of his 17 year old girlfriend\’s naked titties (it\’s fine for him to see them, paw them, nibble, bite and squeeze them, just not to have a representation of them) is at risk of going onto the sex offender\’s register. Two men who wish to swap bodily fluids are just fine now.
That latter is of course as it should be. But without going so far as to excuse Gary Glitter perhaps the former is, umm, just a tad excessive?
And Alan Turing, great man he was. Genius. But he does rather seem to get caught under either set of sexual morals, doesn\’t he? Yes, he was persecuted then for being a pooftah. He\’d be done today for paedophilia.
Or perhaps we should entirely separate achievements in one part of life from failures or evils in another? Turing on the bank note, why not? But that would mean that we have to stop obsessing about Glitter or Jonathan King on reruns of ToTP as well.
For there is one set of morals that I\’m simply not willing to accept, the excuse of genius. If, just imagine, Sir Paul McC, the greatest songwriter of modern times, were to be found guilty of kiddie fiddling then his talent would not, should not, be an excuse for that behaviour. And nor would a lack of such genius, say, a talentless no hope coder, should not get a greater punishment for such than a computer genius.
Which is to say that the fact that Turing was a computer genius, in some ways a part saviour of the nation, comes in two parts. We can celebrate that, certainly, quite possibly we should.
But if we do, sweeping his failings under the carpet at the same time then we also have to do the same for talentless beat combos as well. Judge their music as harshly as we like as music but also ignore their evils as we do so.
Turing on the tenner does indeed mean The Sun Has Got His Hat On on ToTP.