Saturday, 28 May 2005

Tony Blair and the 'compensation culture'

Earlier this week, the PM called for an end to the 'compensation culture' within the United Kingdom. Blair called the attitude towards compensation as 'disproportionate'.

Blair sounds rather libertarian in his rebuke. Of course it is difficult (if not impossible) to eliminate risk from life in general. I recall hearing a case from the USA in which a person sued a restaurant because the coffee was too hot and they were burnt! It's silly instances such as these that the PM is probably referring to.

I'm not a legal expert, but from my perspective foolhardy lawsuits only consume time for lawyers and judges. Such time could be better spent by advocating for and awarding damages to people whose rights to person and property were violated.