Three Views of Duplicity

Alan Ayckbourn on corruption:

‘The human mind, left to its own devices, can usually justify any code of behaviour it chooses to suit circumstances. Beware!’
(Ayckbourn: programme note to A Small Family Business)

Gordon Brown on the behaviour of Damian McBride, a man he personally employed, whilst Chancellor and as Prime Minister, for more than ten years:

‘I have said all along that when I saw this first I was very angry indeed. I think the most important thing we do is reassure people everything is being done to clean up politics in our country.’
(Gordon Brown: statement in Glasgow 16 April 2009)

Barack Obama’s Nuremberg defence of those who carried out torture in Guantánamo:

‘This administration has made it clear from day one that it will not condone torture … those who carried out their duties … in good faith … will not be subject to prosecution.’
(Barack Obama: statement accompanying release of CIA memos 16 April 2009)


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