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Mental Capacity Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:30 pm on 25th January 2005.

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Photo of The Bishop of Oxford The Bishop of Oxford Bishop 2:30 pm, 25th January 2005

As I have been called on, that phrase comes, paradoxically, from an agnostic 19th-century poet called Clough. He was quoted by a pope:

"Thou shalt not kill; but need'st not strive

Officiously to keep alive".

That has been accepted by the Roman Catholic and the Anglican Churches—and a good range of other people—as enshrining a great deal of common sense. It is now widely accepted. There is no fundamental difference.