Failure to obey the law must be without doubt. interval. Certainly, in 2019, in modern Britain, in a parliamentary democracy, we – parliamentarians and legislators – cannot have a conscientious debate whether adherence to the law is required or not.
What moral force can be conceived of the elected representatives of the public in seeking to address anti-social behavior, in litigating with greater force and imagination and relentlessly in the fight against knife crimes, in saying that the state should protect itself against all kinds of nefarious illegitimacy, if we were to do so For a moment with the suggestion that it might be appropriate, in the name of a higher cause, to ignore a law enacted by Parliament?
It’s amazing how anyone had grasped the idea … it would be the most terrible example we can set on the rest of society.
One should no longer refuse a request to extend Article 50 because of what one might consider a noble end to exit from the European Union as soon as possible than one would justify a bank robbery on the grounds that the stolen money would be donated to a charitable cause immediately thereafter.