Tuesday, December 24, 2013

About bloody time??

Today her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has granted a posthumous Royal Pardon to Alan Turing for his 1952 conviction for  homosexual acts with a 19 year old man.

Alan Turing was one of the magnificent men who worked at Bletchley Park to unravel secret German Navy transmissions using the enigma machine supporting the UBoats that were threatening allied shipping in the North Atlantic.

An extremely intelligent man, Cambridge educated Turing is regarded as a, if not 'the' father of Computer science.

Alan Turing was at one time leader of Shed 8 and is credited by many as shortening the second world war by two years and saving thousands of lives, military and civilian.

Correctly convicted under law that now seems totally benighted, Turing elected Female hormone therapy to avoid Prison, but two years later took his extremely valuable life at age 42 using cyanide poisoning.

In an extremely unusual step where normally a significant discovery of new evidence or procedural mistake, to initiate such a pardon, Alan Turing's conviction has been posthumously quashed by Royal Pardon in recognition of the tremendous contribution the man made to his country.

Amongst all the serious treachery of the "Oxbridge" reds from the thirties that went undiscovered for 20 years, this travesty of driving a very loyal citizen to take his own life has been a stain on the history of  true English patriots for over 60 years.  

Praise be, sanity and reason, albeit somewhat far too long delayed, has been delivered.
Pity he died in ignominy and disgrace, utterly tragic.

RIP Alan Turing with so many apologies and grateful thanks.


Watcher said...

Most illuminating was the attitude of the House of Lords to a request for a pardon in 2012.
In short we will not over rule a decision made using old law that today is questionable.
Yeah real intelligent bunch.
Mind you the same attitude appeared here when Kiwi Vietnam Veterans asked for recompense of tax paid whilst on active service like their WW2 predecessors.

Paulus said...

As a London wartime baby I and many other are most grateful to Alan Turing and all the Bletchley team.
Pity that the Royal Pardon took so long.

Curious George said...

Good work, Gravedodger. Now they must pardon everyone else who was convicted under the same totally benighted law.

The Veteran said...

Watcher ... your comment re tax needs to be put into some perspective and, while I would agree it would have been 'nice' not to have paid tax whilst on active service, you overlook the introduction of TFDP introduced (I think) to compensate for that decision.

Certainly that was a welcome bonus in my pay-packet when I arrived back in NZL.

Bought a motor-bike with it.

Remember too that WW2 servicemen did not receive o'seas allowances unlike those of us that followed.

gravedodger said...

I guess My attitude to Turings sad end precipitated by the know viewed by many, rather quaint views on private behaviours, was the clear lack of credit for outstanding patriotic service to his country.

Had say a "Prince of Wales" been discovered to have had a private covert relationship such as Turing's would the Bow street runners have involved themselves, I think not.

I am guessing but I suggest the chemical castration was offered due to his legendry position.

Pardons of all examples and types are inherently mysterious, arbitary and often capricious and/or convenient.
Often delivered to avoid embarassment and disorder.
Nixon from Ford, Hirohito, Verner von Braun, following WW2.
President Carter offered a blanket pardon to all draft dodgers.

The Veteran said...

GD ... or perhaps a certain $850k of taxpayer money stolen by Labour to fund their election campaign subsequently 'pardoned' by way of retrospective legislation.

At least Turing did some good.