This does not follow I\’m afraid

Prison is, therefore, a perfectly proper punishment; so why do many people feel uneasy about the incarceration of the pair? They are of previous good character, they are otherwise decent upstanding citizens. One was even in the Cabinet, for goodness’ sake.

The logic here is false.

That one was in the Cabinet is evidence that one of them was not a decent upstanding citizen. It is proof perfect against the contention, not evidence in favour of it.

3 comments on “This does not follow I\’m afraid

  1. I think a re-read of the article would cast P.J.’s phrasing in a slightly better light. He was using the ‘in the Cabinet…’ to bolster his outrage at the stupidity of the affair. Just clumsily worded and missed, as is increasingly the case, by the subs.

  2. I saw some wag suggesting that they could earn a sentence reduction if they agreed to spend the entire time in the same cell.

  3. Matthew L – “I saw some wag suggesting that they could earn a sentence reduction if they agreed to spend the entire time in the same cell.”

    Give one a trident and the other a short sword so they can re-enact Gladiator on prime time. About time they gave the nation something back for those gold plated civil service pensions.

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