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  •  In Britain, the WWII part is most powerful. (20+ / 0-)

    leberquesque, to your first point:

    The statement opens with Turing's full name (see first extract). We are not typically "folksy" in British formal speech, so perhaps a cultural difference may account for your perception! I take the use of Turing's first name at the conclusion of this statement to be a very human touch; a statement of recognition of the particular injustice done to this specific person.

    For your logician friends: I'm IT geek enough myself to understand your point; but wearing my marketer's persuasive writing hat, I'd note that many many Britons have a far clearer understanding of the existential threat we were under -- alone, in the first years -- and the huge sacrifices so many people made. That notion of shared sacrifice remains quite strong in Britain (where's it's all but dead here, I think) -- and especially so among the older generations most likely to still lean homophobic.

    So, in terms of persuasively underlining the awfulness of the abuse meted out to Alan Turing -- and by extension, all GLBT people -- that is much the more powerful gut-wrencher.

    I couldn't agree with you more that the apology to all gay people persecuted over the years is indeed a landmark.

    "Turning this country around [will] take years of siege warfare against deeply entrenched interests, defending a deeply dysfunctional political system." -PK

    by adrianrf on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 12:44:48 PM PDT

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