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Tuesday 10 September 2013

In Good Conscience (Updated)

 - Andrew Coyne

Sweet irony.

History is full of it.

- The Viscount Palmerston

It's surprising what people can do, in good conscience, when they create a bit of distance between themselves and the results of their choices, isn't it?

UPDATE: Again, courtesy of the ever-illuminating Andrew Coyne:

So: nobody did anything wrong, and everybody is covering it up.  Except it's not quite exonerating, is it?  Duffy's defence on the housing allowance issue is that, yes, he declared as his principal residence a house he barely set foot in, and yes, he claimed expenses for "stays" in Ottawa that, having lived there for decades, he did not incur, but it was all right because several senior Tories told him he could, the rules did not not say he couldn't, and other senators had done the same.

They keep using that word, "conscience," but I don't think it means what they think it means.

UPDATE SEPT 7, 2014:

They are also happy to announce sanctions against Moscow - as long as those sanctions don't harm their own businesses too much.

All in good conscience, I'm sure.

A king may move a man, a father may claim a son, but that man can also move himself, and only then does that man truly begin his own game.  Remember that howsoever you are played or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power.  When you stand before God, you cannot say "But I was told by others to do thus," or that virtue was not convenient at the time.  This will not suffice.

Remember that.

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