British television personality Katie Hopkins has some interesting views on euthanasia. Namely, that the overcrowded elderly in the UK not only be subjected to euthanasia, but that their self-assisted demises be delivered via mobile vans that would simply pull up – like an ice cream truck – deliver a little death and be on their way.
Writes the IBTimes: “British television personality and columnist Katie Hopkins she wants the government to introduce ‘euthanasia vans’ because there are so many old people in the country. “We just have far too many old people,” Hopkins said in an interview with Radio Times magazine.
Hopkins, speaking of her “If I Ruled the World” show set to appear on TLC UK next month, said that with hospital beds filling up, just because society is advancing in medicine does not mean that everyone’s lives should be prolonged.
“We just have far too many old people,” she said. “It’s ridiculous to be living in a country where we can put dogs to sleep but not people.”
When asked about her solution to that “dilemma,” the mother of three who has made a career out of outrageous rants, replied with:
Easy. Euthanasia vans – just like ice-cream vans – that would come to your home. It would all be perfectly charming. They might even have a nice little tune they’d play. I mean this genuinely. I’m super-keen on euthanasia vans. We need to accept that just because medical advances mean we can live longer, it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.
Kidding or not, the 40-year-old’s comments have caused an uproar.
Adds the Times: “This is not the first time Hopkins has sparked public outrage. In April, the mother of three wrote a newspaper column titled: ‘Rescue boats? I’d use gunships to stop migrants.’ She compared the migrants to ‘cockroaches’ and ‘feral humans,’ and said they do not have her empathy. ‘Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care,’ she wrote.”
Hopkins’ Twitter feed is littered with inappropriate one-liners, and she is now the recipient of counterattacks from individuals pushing back against her extreme views on euthanasia. A sampling:
Like with her campaign for weight loss, I hope Katie Hopkins offers herself as a guinea pig to show us how these euthanasia vans will work. – (@chrisrwright) July 29, 2015
I’m actually ashamed to say Katie Hopkins is from the same country as me, she’s an awful woman. – (@idxlisedirwin) July 29, 2015
@KTHopkins What a disgraceful thing to say, Euthanasia Vans, how about trying them out first, let us know how it goes for you. Moron. – (@BradrJarrett) July 29, 2015
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