Tuesday, 9 February 2010

English justice, 100 word review

The judiciary tirelessly maintains the tradition of hearing the strongest possible argument from both sides, and attends to the endless task of making incremental adjustments to legislature so that the law, correctly interpreted, operates as a massive and intricate moral machine. Three problems: (1) the expense and duration of a case, together with room for error, ensure the party in the wrong always has far less to lose; (2) it’s all wholly inadequate for dealing with parties who are equally steeped in folly; (3) the ushers redistribute the water left in everyone’s glasses at the end of the preceding day.

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