Public Sector Informant: Rule of law first, democracy second (if needed)

By Richard Mulgan
Updated July 2 2019 - 2:54pm, first published 12:00am

The recent demonstrations in Hong Kong, where millions have taken to the streets to protest against their government's proposed extradition bill, underline the importance of the rule of law as the defining political value of our time. What distinguishes tolerable from intolerable government is not democracy or social justice but the rule of law, understood as the subordination of governments to laws and the protection of civil liberties.

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