Few of us are squeaky clean, most of us have gone over the speed limit, or made an error of judgement when young.
However, members of Parliament or the police who break the law must face public scrutiny. Those who make, or enforce, laws must be held to a higher level of account than the average citizen. In respect to this they "must" assist the police with their enquiries.
It is the pinnacle of hypocrisy for an MP to boast they have broken laws, but are happy to be a part of the Parliament making them. The law is, and should be, the great leveller.
Justice is often referred to as blind to ensure that rich or poor, powerful, and ordinary like myself, are all treated the same.
This began with the Magna Carta. This document ensured the king of the time complied with his own laws, under penalty of death.
The penalties for transgressions are generally not why people walk the narrow line. The majority comply because of that simple rule "treat others as you would have them treat you".
The law must protect us from being abused by powerful interests. It gives us security from violence and protects our property. But most of all it ensures that we are all equal.
We are not ruled by a king today, but through representation. This, however, doesn't seem to have held any weight in the halls of power.
Carl Findlater, Winton
Published: August 2017