Perhaps it’s time for others to get pardons like Turing

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It was brilliant to hear that Alan Turing, the genius whose work to crack the Enigma Code shortened the Second World War by at least two years, was given a pardon.

His crime? He was homosexual at a time when same-sex relationships were illegal, and in 1952 he was convicted of gross indecency and chemically castrated.

Turing died of cyanide poisoning, which an inquest ruled as suicide, but his family have always maintained he died accidentally.

Either way, the latter stages of his life were dogged by his conviction.

A petition with 37,000 signatures demanded a posthumous royal pardon, and rightly so. Perhaps now it’s time every person convicted of such a ‘crime’ should be pardoned.