Men of Harlech; stand ye steady

For those readers whose memories do not go back as far as mine do, or alternatively whose knowledge of our own world’s political history is not as clear-cut as it should possibly be; I can, I believe, state one fact, one certainty without fear of demur or derision. Stalin, and Stalin’s Soviet Russian empire was as evil as it was exhaustively complete. The Communist Party rule was complete, all-pervasive, and very, very thorough. The organs by which Stalin’s rule of terror was arranged went by titles such as the NKVD, MVD, KGB, GRU; and this rule continued long after the death of possibly the greatest mass-murderer in our more-than-bloody history. All of these organisations had total power, the power of life or death over Soviet Russian citizens; and all this power was utilized under the idea, the belief, that the State owned you. The reasoning was quite simple: the State nourished you from birth, the State fed you, educated you, employed you, and therefore the State, in its ultimate beneficence, could determine how you lived, or died. If you were a Jew, for example, and you protested because visas for travel and emigration to Israel were routinely denied; you were immediately a threat to the Rule of the State; if you were a threat, you were arrested, and if you were very lucky, you were slung into a Siberian gulag for arguing with a State decision. As one of my literary heroes, George Orwell, wrote in ‘1984’ his masterpiece commentary upon the Soviets;  ‘If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.’

The reader might, at this point, be wondering what I am actually writing about. Well folks, it is the statement, by the Welsh government, that from today, all Welshmen and women, or rather their mortal bodies, are the property of the State, to be used, or abused, as their minions see fit. If a Welsh person is deemed to be mortally ill and is believed to be on the point of death, anywhere within the Principality, whether in hospital, at home, or even on the street as a result of accident, the medical people will not do anything to sustain or prevent that death, but will in fact prepare to sustain the very lifeblood coursing through the arteries, veins and capillaries of that unfortunate person so that the ORGANS may be retained, HARVESTED,  and utilised in transplant surgery.

If that Welshman has not specifically opted out, in writing or on line, of the organ theft process, his viable organs will be removed, and used on so-called life-saving transplant operations on others.

It is said that organ donation is, on the whole, a fair and impartial system. I do not believe in it myself, except on procedures which can be achieved without the death of the donor. I talk about kidney transplants, where one selfless person donates one of his or her healthy kidneys to a recipient who may be existing on dialysis: I talk about bone marrow transplants, a procedure which, if it had been discovered some twenty years before it actually was, might well have saved my beloved sister from a tragically-early death. I also talk about the terrible pressures placed upon grief-stricken relatives when, instead of letting them slowly come to terms with their loss, are verbally-battered into agreeing to the HARVESTING to begin. I wrote of the so-called parents, who gave permission for donor material to be taken from a three year-old boy so that that same material be used on his seven year-old brother.

What the transplant industry does not state, and will never state; is that the only viable organs for transplant come from living bodies. ‘Brain-dead’ they may be, but the blood still circulates through the veins, and the transplant vultures, hovering nearby but still close enough, know that the viability of organs decreases by the minute after death occurs, and their cohorts in the Welsh Government have now ensured that the lists will decrease, because they have stated, in their own Assembly, that the State, or at least the Welsh version, owns every body in that once green and pleasant land!

A donation is a gift. A seizure, by the State, by a surgeon or anyone else, is theft, and a crime!

5 comments for “Men of Harlech; stand ye steady

  1. john in cheshire
    December 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Mike, I’m with you; I’m not consenting to have any part of me removed without my consent and that consent will be nigh on impossible for the hospital or other medical personnel to obtain.

    • December 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Again, can’t but agree. In fact, we need to stipulate that way on a card in our wallet.

      • Monty
        December 1, 2015 at 8:28 pm

        Or maybe a tattoo, something they would have no excuse for “not noticing”.

  2. Mudplugger
    December 1, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    On the basis that I’m not bothered what happens to my various parts once I have no further use for them, I carry a Donor Card, always have done, but that’s very different from presumed consent. The problem currently is that, despite being a registered ‘donor’, surviving grief-stricken relatives are still asked for their consent, which many apparently refuse, despite the family proto-stiff being a ‘willing donor’.

    Rather than the offensive ‘presumed consent’ approach, it would have been smarter to introduce ‘enlightened self-interest’.

    For example, anyone who ever needs any transplant would ascend the waiting-list based on how many years they had already been a registered donor – if you’d not volunteered to help your fellow man, you shouldn’t expect him to help you, so you’re at the bottom of the list, pal.
    Once that principle had become established in common folklore, the rate of donor registration would rocket all by itself, thus solving the problem without invoking the ugly ‘state compulsion’ of presumed consent.

  3. gfr 11
    December 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I am implacably opposed to this state-sanctioned theft of organs and the unlawful killings that are concomitant with it.

    In fact, I am opposed to organ transplantation of any kind, especially when it is taken into consideration that most organs will be quite unfit for use anyway. Then, of course, we lead on to the nightmare of Larry Niven’s worls and its ‘living donors’.

    Not for me; in fact so not for me I have refused to go on the transplant list and have declined dialysis; when my time comes, I shall be ready — and I won’t have any ‘Podders’ scrap-heap bits inside.

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