New Law, Old Mentality

Photo: Katerina Bampaletaku

We were talking about the new law for the sale and transfer of vehicles, but what caught my attention was the reasoning of my interlocutor. As I and many others  understand it, the law is inadequate, leaving many unknowns and maintaining inequalities in determining who can buy a new car, for instance. But what caught my attention, as I said, was the reasoning of my interlocutor. It seems alright to him that the law has been enacted, although with these defects, because we have been committing illegalities for fifty years and this resolves the transfer of vehicles. People will always find fault with it because people because people protest anything and it’s never good enough for them (these are his words).

You who already know me will know roughly what my thoughts were, but what stuck with me was not the joy of my interlocutor that he could legally own a motorbike in his own name that he’s had for a thousand years, it’s the satisfaction with which he accepted as food that after such a delay in legislating, they legislate badly.

I have understood that young graduates of Law School who are finishing their service in the Armed Forces are charged with preparing the body of law that will try to transform. Housing Law, Immigration Law, to name two of the most anticipated, are in the hands of the Army and not the Ministry of Justice or of competent and experienced lawyers. So I don’t believe I have false expectations of what will be legislated.

October 31 2011

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