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Scottish Parliament: Constitutional Reform Bill (UK Legislation) (19 Jan 2005)

Kenny MacAskill: .... Notwithstanding those things, those who passed the acts of union ensured the preservation of the distinctiveness of our society and the uniqueness of our legal system. That was also at a time when John Rawls had not written on the rule of law, nor had Thomas Paine written "The Rights of Man". More important, we had neither incorporated the European convention on human rights into our...

Amendment of the Law (12 Mar 2008)

Barry Gardiner: ...foolish thing for anyone to do. It is not a matter of standing up for the rich against the poor. That is the point that I am making, and it is why I particularly stressed the maximin principle that John Rawls established. That is why I said that for a poxy £500 million to £800 million we should not risk our economy losing a potential £3.5 billion, £4.5 billion or £7.5 billion. I want...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Budget 2011 – 2015 (4 Mar 2011)

Sammy Wilson: ...go over the head of some Members. Rather than being driven by party advantage, when considering the Budget I was more influenced by the thoughts of that well-known nineteenth-century philosopher, John Rawls, who, as Members will know, wrote a book entitled ‘A Theory of Justice’, in which he advanced the concept of the veil of ignorance. Put in simple form, according to that theory,...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (7 Mar 2005)

Lord Plant of Highfield: ...and with common law ideas of natural justice. These amendments go some way towards achieving that. It is perfectly legitimate to restrict liberty for the sake of liberty, as the American philosopher John Rawls argued, or as Isaiah Berlin put it more poetically: freedom for the pike is death for the minnow. Sometimes we have to restrict liberty for the sake of liberty, but we should do so...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr David Hunt: Different interpretations have been put on that Rowntree report, but it demonstrated clearly, as John Rawls has always said about the social market justifying the market, that the poor are now better off than they have been before. It may be that in certain circumstances the gap between rich and poor has increased, but the justification for the market is that it ensures that people are better...

Inequality — Debate (29 Jan 2009)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: ...and those in the south of England was about five years. More recently, that difference has grown to more than nine years. So we are talking not only about inequality but about growing inequality. John Rawls, one of the most influential of the 20th-century philosophers, argued that all citizens should have equality of basic liberties, such as the right to vote, access to the law and freedom...

Public Services, Health and Education (3 Dec 2003)

Adam Price: .... The Government's proposals seem to present education in the purely individualistic sense that it is, per se, a personal investment decision in the relevant marketplace, but it is more than that. John Rawls—a philosopher who is, I hope, closer to the Government than Milton Friedman—said that "the value of education should not be assessed solely in terms of economic efficiency and...

Social Exclusion Unit (20 Oct 2005)

Phil Woolas: ...of approach, but also a shared goal. I welcome that, and I will respond to the points raised either now or later in a similarly constructive spirit. However, I wish to add a rider. I read John Rawls when I was a young man. I was not convinced then, and I am not convinced now, mainly because of what I see as a misunderstanding over the nature of positive and negative freedom, although this...

Freedom of Speech (9 Feb 2006)

Lord Plant of Highfield: ...not on assertion and will. It is vital in a diverse society within which people differ on the ways in which various goods should be weighted, that debate contributes to what the American philosopher John Rawls calls "public reason"; that is, a public culture of rational debate about values and principles and what sorts of reasons count in favour of one way of looking at values rather than...

Financial Inequality (27 Mar 2008)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: ...south-east of England. More recently, that difference has widened out to more than nine years. Poverty brings ill health and earlier death; increasing inequality brings about even starker contrasts. John Rawls, one of the most influential philosophers of the late 20th century, argued that a degree of financial inequality was acceptable provided that the poor benefited from it. A society is...

Opposition Day: Overseas Aid and Development (22 Jun 1994)

Mr Nirj Deva: ...1 billion. The essence of our aid programme is poverty reduction, health reforms, water supplies and humanitarian aid. Underlying that is a principle that the Labour party probably recognises—Sir John Rawls' "A Theory of Justice", which is to help those who are least advantaged in society to improve themselves. Through aid, we must give them the weapons, tools and opportunities to...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (4 Dec 2002)

Mr Brian Sedgemore: come as more innocent people emerge after years in prison caused by these plans, we'll wonder how Parliament let this attack on justice get into law." Only a few days ago, on 24 November 2002, John Rawls—one of the foremost political philosophers of our era—died. His message to the Home Secretary would have been that the loss of freedom for some can never be made right by a greater...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Stephen Farry: First, I congratulate the Finance Minister not necessarily on the Budget — I will come to that in a moment — but on having the bravery to reference John Rawls at the beginning of his Budget statement last week. Although the Minister referred to him as a nineteenth-century figure, surely it is a sign of progress in Northern Ireland that a DUP Minister can reference the leading liberal...

Church and State (22 May 2002)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: ..., Presbyterians and Roman Catholics alike would do well to accept the Church of England lead in protecting their religion in our society? That would seem to lead to what the political philosopher, John Rawls, has described as the, "containment of religious differences by seeking overlapping consensus". That narrow consensus is not how most spiritually motivated people view religious truth....

Jobcentre Plus (7 Jul 2015)

Chris Evans: ...people. The Government will play their part, creating the new jobs and helping the jobless to get the skills they need to fill them, but jobseekers must play their part as well. As the philosopher John Rawls has said, in a just society “all citizens are to do their part in society’s co-operative work.” For me, that means that no-one can be allowed to have a life on welfare. I support...

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