It has been said there is no honour amongst thieves, which is also to say thieves are, ipso facto, not honourable people.
That being the case, what then are we to make of the action by the Conservative Leader in the Senate of Canada, to declare that henceforth there will be no honour system in place with respect to members when it comes to reporting expense claims?
Or, in more colloquial terms, we just can’t trust the bastards with a nickel or a dime of taxpayers’ money.
Now, to be sure, given the measure of human frailty with which we are all endowed, there’s bound to be a few rascals amongst the bunch.
But is this just cause to tar all of them with the same dishonourable brush?
This means in practise, the historical habit of referring to members of the Canadian Senate as, “the Honourable so and so,” must also go by the boards.