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Disabled Tony has right to choose death

I'm a fan of Christina Patterson, so I was very disappointed by her article about Tony Nicklinson and his efforts to escape a life he finds intolerable (Comment, June 21).

The usual arguments - 'it's the law', 'you have to suffer for the good of the rest of us', 'slippery slope', etc - are all trotted out.

Within a day or two, this awful 'story' will be forgotten by most of us. It's Mr Nicklinson who will pay and carry on paying.

What Ms Patterson is actually saying is this: 'You are disabled, helpless, that's your rough luck. We're fit and able and can make choices. Therefore you have to do what we say.' How dare they?

PATRICK DEVLIN

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