If we can agree that the arguments against legalisation of assisted dying are fl awed to the extent that they can be, or have been, defeated then the next question must be how, if at all, we should proceed. Should we simply continue to tolerate behaviour which is otherwise unlawful by either failing to prosecute or by handing down only very lenient sentences, or should we legislate to clarify that assisting someone to die is no longer a criminal offence? Even more importantly, should we place tight regulation in the way of such acts or simply leave it to the private decisions of individuals in conjunction with anyone who is prepared to offer the help needed?