Lord George Carey talk at Downe House
On Thursday 28th
April, sixteen members of the 6.1 joined Reverend Wilson on a trip to Downe
House School to listen to a lecture by the Most Reverend, Former Archbishop of
Canterbury, Lord George Carey on the topic of ‘Assisted Suicide’.
As a very large crowd settled
into the hall at Downe House, the atmosphere was very much alive and ready to
hear an important talk. It began with Lord Carey outlining to us his views on
the issue of whether individuals should be allowed to end their eternal pain
through assisted suicide, before he gave us some case studies of real-life
examples of when assisted suicide was or wasn’t carried out.
This was genuinely
eye-opening to my colleagues and I and the entire audience, as it really put
into context this whole issue. He then ended his speech and presentation with his
prediction for the future with regards to the issue of assisted suicide and the
legislation that it entails.
We were then given time to
ask the former Archbishop questions on his views and what he thinks may happen,
which was really a fantastic opportunity and started some great discussions
which would carry on later into that night. Some probing questions were asked from
students from the other schools as well as from our very sixth-formers: such as
Phoenix Leonard-Shaw, George Bracken, Tom Rutherford and Charlie Pritchard. The
questions ranged from whether the people may not be mentally fit to ask for
this act to be carried out, to the doctrine of the Church.
Lord Carey’s answers to the question
were insightful and very much reaffirmed my views on assisted suicide being
allowed in England. The talk ended with one of the finest rounds of applause I
have ever witnessed at a lecture and showed us all how respected he is as a
We then had half an hour of
talking with the other schools on the lecture and we were allowed to speak to
the man himself (which I was very pleased with). Thank you so much to Lord
Carey for putting on this fabulous event and for Downe House for hosting this
great occasion and for having such impeccable accommodation. Furthermore, a big
thank you to DW for taking us to the event.
Report by Charles Henry, E Social 6.1