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On private lives, and the naming of parts

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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