One freedom I believe in is the freedom to end your own life. Not in some tragic and desperate suicide, of course, but when some ghastly illness or degenerative condition begins to overwhelm you, you should have the choice if you are of sound mind and it’s what you really want, it should be allowed. Frankly, it’s no one else’s business. But, as in most things in life, you have to make exceptions and mine is, or was, Ian Brady.

The death of the evil, twisted Moors murderer Ian Brady was not mourned, I hope, by anyone. Enough words have been written about Brady and his accomplice Myra Hindley by more capable writers than I. Suffice to say that, as an atheist, I only wish there was a hell for him to go to. But there isn’t. The next best thing would be hell on earth. I hope that’s how his final 51 years felt to him.

And Brady wanted to die. In his later years, he wanted nothing else. Our system, flawed though it sometimes can be, kept him alive, force-fed him at the start so he could not escape, could not get away from his own life sentence. Read his own words: “Myra gets the potentially fatal brain condition, whilst I have to fight simply to die. I have had enough. I want nothing, my objective is to die and release myself from this once and for all. So you see my death strike is rational and pragmatic. I’m only sorry I didn’t do it decades ago, and I’m eager to leave this cesspit in a coffin.”

You can see just how unhappy this most evil of people felt when saying this. He was fighting to die but he was kept alive. He plainly had no remorse, so society decided he had to live for nothing. (By the way, the only “cesspit” was the one he created.)

I always say when someone is imprisoned for what doesn’t seem to be a long time that the victims are the ones with a life sentence. I stand by that. I am against the death penalty in all circumstances but I believe the punishment for the most serious crimes should be life imprisonment. The death penalty may bring about instant revenge, but the criminal suffers no more. I didn’t want Brady to avoid a lifetime behind bars by giving him an easy way out and I didn’t want him to choose the time of his passing. I wanted him to suffer for as long as possible.

One day, euthanasia will be legal. There will need to be checks and balances but guests of her majesty would lose all their freedoms, including the freedom to die at a time of their choosing. Just like Brady was denied his.

I am not saying Brady deserved to live after what he did. He deserved nothing except punishment. Which punishment is a matter for debate and I would not argue with those who feel Brady should have been hanged for his crimes. I can only say how I feel about Brady, I believe, is no different from how those who wanted him to pay with his life for what he did.

People should have the right to die in certain circumstances but the likes of Brady should never have such a choice. When he tortured and murdered those poor children he gave up the right to choose anything.