Stone throw­ing: Best done af­ter self eval­u­a­tion

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -


So ‘The prime min­is­ter ar­gued his rocky re­la­tion­ship with Brian Mul­roney proves he val­ues eth­i­cal gov­ern­ment – and the Lib­er­als don’t.’ Did he?

Was welch­ing on his prom­ise to see the soft­wood lum­ber dis­pute through to the end of the court process we were winning, an ex­am­ple of ethics in action?

Would those harmed by his re­ver­sal on in­come trusts agree he val­ues eth­i­cal gov­ern­ment?

While he seems to view train­ing Com­mit­tee Chairs to pre­vent work from be­ing done, us­ing MPs’ mail­ing priv­i­leges to their con­stituents for purely par­ti­san pur­poses and what oth­ers have termed the ‘in and out scam’ as eth­i­cal, many do not.

And there are few who agree coun­te­nanc­ing an ap­proach be­ing made to per­suade a dy­ing man to change his vote for gain is an eth­i­cal prac­tice.

Stone throw­ing is best not done by those liv­ing in glass houses, par­tic­u­larly when far from guilt­less.

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