Rules don’t work if people don’t accept them

Words of wisdom from Transport Minister on Q&A this morning:

I’m worried about it from an acceptance issue because you actually only get to run the road rules because people accept broadly that those are the case – you don’t have a policeman or police woman on every corner, so you can go out and put whatever road rules in place that you like, but if there isn’t broad public acceptance of those road rules then you are whistling in the wind.

That doesn’t only apply to road rules.

People who makes rules need to keep in mind that any rule which doesn’t have broad public acceptance will be ignored.

(The interview isn’t online yet but will be here soon.)

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One Response to Rules don’t work if people don’t accept them

  1. Robert says:

    For a better example look at taxation. Make this man tax Minister quickly.

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