UK Liberty

The rules are not enough

Posted in Uncategorized by ukliberty on February 12, 2009

Marcel Berlins in the Guardian:

… Perpetrators of the “I’m allowed to, therefore I’ll do it” philosophy often do not seem to understand why their conduct has drawn criticism. For them, the fact that they broke no rules or laws is a sufficient answer. They do not go on to justify the content of what they have done, only its legality. They will blame the rules and laws for having the capacity to be taken advantage of, rather than themselves, who have benefited from taking the advantage. What is missing is that little voice that tells them: “Yes, you may be entitled to do that, but it doesn’t mean you’re obliged to. There may be other factors.” The public, however, does see these other dimensions, based on decency, morality and reasonableness, rather than selfishness, arrogance and greed. …

That is not to say there should be some sort of legal sanction, just that it is a shame our beloved leaders don’t play by the spirit of the rules.


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