My dad says he never uses indicators while in a car park, because legally you don’t have to. This comment was made a few weeks after he came back to his car, parked in a branch of Carrefour, to find someone had put a dent in it. He was livid, but then perhaps the driver who’d damaged his car had just swerved to avoid someone who hadn’t indicated, so it was all right after all.
As Greenpeace protestors scaled the front of the Bank of England yesterday, someone on the balcony started trying to unseat their climbing ropes. He felt he was happy to do so because it was the protestors’ fault that they were climbing up, and so there would be no repercussions if he undid them and they fell. Luckily someone saved him from his own stupidity.
These are somehow the obverse and converse of an implicit connection drawn between law and morality, a connection made by people who would protest strongly, if the explicit equivalent were made by others. Personally, I think we don’t so much need more regulation of people who would undo other people’s climbing ropes, but better regulation. Anything else is just the nanny state gone mad to hell in a handcart.