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Justice and truth, Mrs Blaine?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012    

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Dear Editor,

Betty Ann Blaine's column "Heart to Heart" is appropriately named. It's where you find emotionalism on display each week, instead of calm, rational analysis of facts.

In her column of August 28, Mrs Blaine is effusive in her praise of Sergeant Llewellyn, insisting that he must be congratulated for "his bold stance and for the courage and perseverance he has exhibited". Is Mrs Blaine so convinced of the truth of the allegations against Bicknell, Vaz and Forbes, even though the case is not yet tried, and we haven't even heard the defendants' side of the story?

Does the truth matter to Mrs Blaine? If it did, wouldn't she feel constrained to withhold judgement until the matter is heard in court? What if it turns out that the allegations against the defendants are false? Would Mrs Blaine's "hero" be instantly transformed into a villain? And what would that say about her own commitment to the ideals of "justice" and "truth" enshrined in our anthem, which she herself commends us to?

Maybe I expect too much from Mrs Blaine. The ideals of justice and truth are too important for people to treat with such casualness, if not downright flippancy!

Nord Kelly




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