Here's a link:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4382600.stm
This might be old news to Julian and maybe others, but I thought I'd post it anyway, even though the topic in the linked story doesn't debate Brady's right to die.
Ian Brady and his accomplice, Myra Hindley, committed at least five horrific murders of children in the early 1960s in northern England. They were caught and tried in 1965, and sentenced to life imprisonment (the death penalty had been outlawed in Britain only a few months before their capture).
The two became estranged within a few years of their imprisonment. Hindley spent decades attempting to win her freedom, with the support of a handful of notable figures including the late Lord Longford. She died in prison in 2002.
Brady has never attempted to win parole, says he wants to die, and has been force-fed through a tube for the last six years. His latest comment on the murders is that they were an "existential exercise" and that he had, in fact, planned to switch to committing armed robberies just before they were apprehended.
The question for debate is this:
Whether or not you believe in the death penalty being imposed by a government, do prisoners have the right to commit suicide? Does it make a difference depending on what crime they committed, or, perhaps in the case of Brady and Hindley (who were detested by Britons and probably would not have survived had they been released), depending on society's perception of their guilt or innocence?