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Just Say No

‘All citizens shall, as human persons, be held equal before the law’, our constitution grandly proclaims.

Those words are clear cut.

Among other things, I take them to mean that everyone should be pay their taxes, with no distinction in how citizens are treated.

Which leads me to the conclusion, judges should pay their taxes.

And being a law abiding bunch, I’m sure they pay their taxes happily.

Which in turn, leads me to conclude that judges should not be exempted from the income levy.

And from that, I can only conclude that our attorney general is an idiot.

Though, it has to be said, not as big an idiot as the nineteen judges who bowed to public outcry and made voluntary contributions to the State.

These judges must named and shamed.

Any judge who bows to such venal demands cannot be trusted to adjudicate any controversial case impartially.

There is something obscene about an attack on our judiciary led by a political class which overpays itself shamelessly (not to mention the unvouched expenses scheme).

And all the more distasteful given that several cabinet members are officers of the court.

Mob rule is never pretty, even when it’s top down.

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