Tuesday 28 March 2017

For all the talk of assisted suicide, no one wants to go until they really have to

TV couple: Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. Photo: Clara Molden
TV couple: Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. Photo: Clara Molden
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

It seems to be the fashion in Britain these days to announce that you are going to end your life when you get to a certain age (or to a certain degree of infirmity). The television duo Richard and Judy breezily announced the other day that they'd be topping themselves if life became too unbearable for either of them.

Judy Finnigan, who is 65, said of extreme old age: "Stuff it all. We've made ourselves give each other a pledge along those lines."

Her husband, Richard Madeley, a mere 57, said he would certainly give his spouse "a little push over the edge": and for himself, he hoped he might be left alone "in a locked room, (with) a bottle of whiskey and a revolver".

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