You wouldn’t steal a car. You wouldn’t steal a handbag. You wouldn’t steal a baby.
Earlier this morning, failed unfunny 90s TV presence Lee Hurst took time out from pleasuring himself over his collection of Roger Helmer DVDs to ask people this moral conundrum:
Lee obviously believes that this wildly implausible scenario is a very clever moral question. It isn’t. The answer is simple:
I am a human being. That is my baby. Of course I would indeed torture this fictional terrorist to save the baby. However, to save all of us living in utter anarchy, I outsource such moral decisions to the state. And then, to save all of us being complicit in such acts of barbarity, I place safeguards and limits upon the state. One of which is – commonly agreed, for quite a while now – don’t torture people.
There you go.