Regardless of the clamour by the social media brigade, unhappy at a jury’s decision to acquit two rugby players of rape, one thing is constant.
Free institutions will only survive where there is a rule of law.
This is an absolute on which there can be no compromise.
The subjection of everyone and everything to the final arbitration of the law is more important than democracy itself.
The people who have been protesting on the streets of Belfast and other cities in response to a legal outcome that did not please them must realise that once the law is humbled all else that is valuable in our society will quickly disappear.
Provided that the rule of law is maintained any wrongs and evil forces in our society, however powerful, will be brought to justice in the end.
Wilson Burgess, Londonderry