We are a country of laws. That is the way democracies work. There are 3 cases recently where there has been public out cry and criticism, but in all cases the laws have been broken.
We cannot pick and choose what laws we want to observe as it suits us.
- The Mary John cyber charge. Is there a cyber law on the books? Should it be observed or not because of who is involved?
- DCA action at Parham. Were laws broken? Should we ignore the laws against squatting and illegal building? I wonder how we will feel if squatters set up an illegal bar next door to our home on an empty lot?
- A number of letters to ANR about noise nuisance from cars, motorcycles and bars in residential neighbourhoods.
I was amazed at the number of persons who felt it was better to have young people breaking these apparent small laws. These persons felt if they were not allowed to break these small laws, they would be pushed into crime and violence.
In terms of the cyber charge, I do not think that Mary had any ill intent. She just jumped the gun and was over enthusiastic. This is not to say that she did not do damage to the character of the person mistakenly identified in her post. But let the law take its course.
What we should be doing instead of justifying these illegal acts, is pointing our young people in the right direction. Help them. advise them. Educate them. So that they will learn to do things the right and legal way.
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