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John Lloyd

The Daily Mail’s Richard Kay (12 Feb) revealed that Sir Ken Macdonald, the Director of Public Prosecutions, seems to be having an affair with a barrister 20 years his junior. Commenting on the story, the Open University’s Professor of Law, the badly-for-this-story-named Gary Slapper, said that “it is true that many people quite reasonably take the view that upholding the law is a moral business. But we live in a mixed culture of diverse moral, utilitarian and religious codes, and people have different opinions about whether particular laws ate good or bad…adultery, however culpable, is not a crime. So if moral delinquency is a reason for people to lose public office, who shall decide on the contours of moral delinquency?

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