Continuing on from my brief excursion into Liberty on Saturday, there’s one further fundamental that I think is all important for a sensible, modern society; the Rule of Law.
Bizarrely, this is something that I’ve always understood as important, but yet only recently twigged that it was in fact the Rule of Law. For some unknown reason, what I thought was the Rule of Law, was in fact something completely different.
So, for my own sanity, if no-one else’s, the Rule of Law is simply the concept that all people are equal in the eyes of the law. No-one is above the law, or too important to not be tried if they are accused of wrongdoing, even if they are the one’s who uphold the laws themselves. All shall be treated the same, thus saving us from despotism, absolutism, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism.
I do worry that in recent years, certain people have weakened this concept in the UK, but generally I don’t think we’re in too bad a place. I feel that social media and poor reporting sometimes make it feel like some people are ‘getting away with it’, but I think there would be an awful hue and cry from the judiciary if this were the case, and I’ve not seen that yet.