The Guardian reported last month Alan Turing, part of the team which broke the NAZI Enigma code, is to be given a posthumous pardon via a backbench bill. Turing took his own life after being convicted of gross indecency under anti-homosexuality legislation back in 1954.
BUT WHY JUST TURING ?
The support of this bill is a U turn by the UK government, which declined last year to grant posthumous pardons to some 49,000 gay men, who were convicted under the 1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act.
OK Turing's team DID crack the Enigma code based on work done by their Polish counterparts carried out in the inter war years and their efforts saved many countless Allied lives but again why just him ?
The other 49,000 did break the 1885 law at that time but it does appear you only get the chance to get a pardon if you are considered a hero !
Parliament later decriminalised the activity for which he was convicted so why not pardon the others ?