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

Published 25/05/2014 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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