JACK ROBERTSON, a sometimes correspondent, has an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald. His target – the hypocrisy of government and business figures who demand we restrain our urge to sue – is never struck, mainly because Jack sprays his attack all over the place.
For example, Jack believes a deregulated market is the cause of this evil, and all other evils as well:
"Shame has no place in our Free Market world. Ditto for decency, commonsense, restraint and society. In fact, as I understand market theory, whatever is economically viable is acceptable."
As Jack understands market theory, he's utterly wrong. Jack's notion of personal responsibility is curious, too; he says he won't act ethically until those wealthier than he do the same. He also attacks Rupert Murdoch, who has a policy of never suing for libel. And then there's this:
"Someone dig me up a failed executive of the past 20 years who didn't suddenly 'lose his memory', run to Spain, jump ship with a timely bonus or file for bankruptcy (sticking his mansion in the wife's name while offering creditors 2 in the dollar), and I might have a rethink of my obligations to society, too."
Here, Jack equates "failed" with "criminal". What he means to say is that white-collar lawbreakers always get away with their crimes. From memory, I've dug up a few who didn't:
Brian Yuill. Harry M. Miller. Laurie Connell. Peter Bunning. Abe Goldberg. Kevin Peek. Brian Quinn. Reuben Lew. George Herscu. Alan Hawkins.
No links, because this list is Jack's homework.