For five years in the early 1950s America, Joseph McCarthy could level any accusation at any individual without proper evidence as would be needed in a court of law and in consequence destroyed many lives. Rumours, not facts, were used to condemn.
Witch-hunts terrorised the innocent.
Dozens were black-listed and lost their livelihoods. Reputations were damaged by smear tactics.
Tribunals, by legal definition, are a waste of time, a waste of money and have wasted respect for law. They have become the theatre of the absurd, telling us some things we already knew at a cost of almost €100,000 per page, and there are almost 3,300 pages.
Significant evidence should be the only criteria and a court of law the only place where reputations are weighed in the balance.
Indiscriminate allegations, especially on the basis of unsubstantiated charges, should have no place in a civilised society, and the facilitator of this type of trial by media has been tribunals.
John J May