I can’t help using a popular saying to start explaining how a feel about an article on BBC News regarding a call from Member of Parlament Iain Stewart to ‘pardon’ computer pioneer Alan Turing, so here it is: “L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs”
Perhaps I am misinterpreting the meaning of the word pardon here, so allow me to use some help from Merrian-Webster:
2: the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty
a : a release from the legal penalties of an offense
b : an official warrant of remission of penalty
4: excuse or forgiveness for a fault, offense, or discourtesy
I had also read an article not too long ago regarding an e-petition to grant Alan Turing a formal pardon. This initiatives make me tremble with righteous indignation. Former prime minister (Gordon Brown) issued an official apology on behalf of the government. So I don’t understand the need for a ‘Pardon’. That is one of the problems with representatives and institutions of ‘justice’, they do not apologize, they grant ‘pardons’, they were right all along, but they are so magnanimous, they forgive our ‘sins’ but we better comply or else…
Turing was arrested under the same law that was used to convict Oscar Wilde in 1895. He was convicted of gross indecency following a relationship with another man and underwent hormonal treatment (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. Here is an informative article with some more details about Turing and the whole affair.
Ok,well, enough with the rant. The good news is that this year (23 June) marks the centenary of his birth and as the article states, it affords us a great opportunity to put right what was done wrong to him. We are hearing suggestions.