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It’s about time

Alan Turing finally gets an apology

From The Guardian:

“Gordon Brown issued an unequivocal apology last night on behalf of the government to Alan Turing, the second world war codebreaker who took his own life 55 years ago after being sentenced to chemical castration for being gay.”

Meanwhile, El Reg has a more cynical view:

“Brown’s statement concludes with: ‘So on behalf of the British government, and all those who live freely thanks to Alan’s work I am very proud to say: we’re sorry, you deserved so much better.’

Proud to say sorry for an overdue apology? What does that even mean? The cynical may see Brown’s apology as an attempt to shore up support among the gay community for an unpopular government. Still, whatever Brown’s motives, the apology is welcome.”

Alan Turing Memorial

Alan Turing Memorial

Wikipedia article about Turing.

Turing biography.

Image source.