Saturday 26 May 2018

Just because it's legal doesn't make it alright

Ministers Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan present the recent Budget
Ministers Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan present the recent Budget

The reduction in the dole payment is an act of blatant unfairness. Yet again the poor and the unemployed will be disproportionately hit and have no redress. This is justified by the convenient myth that these people are mostly feckless and undeserving.

The notion of fairness is close to the heart of even very young children. It seems to come with them at birth. Embedded in our dealings with one another is an abiding sense of what is fair.

The identification of justice with the administration of law and not with fairness tends to weaken our moral sensibilities.

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