So we were at home together to watch as Corrie's Hayley Cropper took her own life and in doing so, sparked a long overdue public debate about Assisted Dying. Julie Hesmondhaigh and David Nelison as the dying Hayley and her loving partner Roy were incredibly moving and their story must have resonated for countless people watching, as it did for me and Roch.
Did you read the article in The Sunday Express the other day? It made me so mad - the reporter was either shockingly ill informed or wrote a deliberately misleading article on the issue. Yes there are two sides to the debate and I am willing to listen to your side but only if your arguments are based on the facts. A change in the law will not lead to eventual euthanasia, it will protect vulnerable people. The proposed changes would allow people who are dying the right to choose how and when they die. Assisted Dying is for terminally ill people only, someone who had a disability and wanted to die would not be eligible to request an assisted death. Get your facts straight Daily Express and stop scaremongering!
Last night twitter was filled with comments on Corrie and sympathy for the fictional Roy. Here is what Roch - a real person - has to say, published online last night to coincide with the airing of the episode.