AS people who signed the Alan Turing petition, we write to add our names to those of your readers who feel he should be pardoned.
We fully endorse the comments of Sarah Owen and Barbara Martin in last week’s Observer.
We do have reservations about some recent ‘apologies’ for things that happened so long ago that attitudes have already changed, and there seems no point in trying to ‘change history’.
However, in the case of Alan Turing, there are still people alive who suffered as he did, and despite recent improvements, discrimination does still exist. Therefore a pardon would have sent out a valuable and positive message.
The point about him being ‘properly convicted’ at the time, would surely also apply to convictions of ‘deserters’ in the Great War, where more compassion has been shown.
CHRISTINE EDWARDS and VALERIE GRIST