The subjection of all to the final arbitration of law is more important than democracy itself

A rally outside the courts in Belfast after the rape trial verdict of the Ulster Rugby players. There have since been protests across Ireland. Some people seem to be protesting at a legal outcome that did not please them. 'Photo Pacemaker Press
A rally outside the courts in Belfast after the rape trial verdict of the Ulster Rugby players. There have since been protests across Ireland. Some people seem to be protesting at a legal outcome that did not please them. 'Photo Pacemaker Press

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.

Letters to Editor

Letters to Editor

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