By Anthony Sheridan
Nearly 4,000 years ago Hammurabi, king of Babylon, wrote a code of laws.
Here’s one of his laws for builders:
If a builder constructs a house for a man but does not make it conform to specifications so that a wall then buckles, that builder shall make that wall sound using his own silver. (233)
If our government adopted this law the estimated €3.2 bn cost of the Mica redress scheme would fall on the builders responsible and not on the taxpayer.
But for that to happen the government would also have to adopt Hammurabi’s principle motive for writing his code of laws.
To prevent the strong from oppressing the weak and to see that justice is done to widows and orphans.
For so long as the current political class remain in power the weak will never receive protection from the strong.