UK Liberty

On the rule of law and the public interest

Posted in rule of law by ukliberty on June 12, 2007

Oliver Kamm:

There is no agreed standard for judging the public interest apart from a system of rules, enshrined in statute and convention, that binds everyone – including government. A system of rules makes policy more predictable, and thereby more efficient. It also makes a freer society, as citizens can live without fear of arbitrary authority.

If substantiated, the allegations concerning Prince Bandar will demonstrate the point crudely. The public interest beyond upholding the rule of law is hard to pin down; but you would have to be very trusting indeed to equate it with the transfer of vast sums to the strictly private interests of a member of the Saudi Royal Family.

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