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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Alan Turing

As a nation the British were lucky in the second world war to have Alan Turing
His genius directly shortened the war by two possibly three years, and saved millions.
As the Nazis were working on their own atomic bomb development program and had they the time and the resources to spare may well have completed it before the USA, Alan Turning shortening the war may well have saved many British / American cities  from the fate of Hiroshima, perhaps the whole world from a premature nuclear holocaust.
As a nation we were unlucky in that homosexuality laws caused us to lose one of our finest minds, for had he lived silicon valley may have rested along the Thames.
Alan Turing was unlucky to be born in a nation which prosecuted one of its finest minds for the 'crime' of loving another man.
When you read this on your mobile phone, think for a moment, you can only do that because of Alan Turing . not because his genius led us to the point where you can hold in your had a device that can access the sum total of all human knowledge (which you use to look at pictures of cats)
Because had it not been for Alan Turing the city you were born in may have been nothing more than a pile of irradiated rubble  with a misused ancient hindu symbol of peace on a black and red background flying over it  and had you been born at all it would have been in a world under the black jackboot of fascism.

Alan Turing, Finest mind of his generation

Tonight a Tory government minister talked away a bill named in Alan Turing's honour. A bill which would have pardoned those gay and homosexual men whose sexual orientation was criminalised in the 1950's under the act that led one of our finest minds, one of the finest minds the human race has ever produced, to commit suicide after been chemically castrated by order of the British government.

I have never been much enamoured of the tory party, and the government it forms, but under David Cameron they legalised Gay marriage. A great step forward in equality and humanity. So I would point this out to those who roundly castigated the government,
"Yes, they are not what I would wish as a government of these blessed isles but at least they are heading int the right direction on this subject. there is hope..."  
Tonight they have proved otherwise....