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In politics, the ends cannot justify unethical means

Cummings and Johnson both believe in bending the rules for what they see as a greater cause. But integrity of process is vital in a democracy

By Rachel Sylvester  

Photo: George Cracknell Wright / Alamy Stock Photo

Do the ends justify the means? That is the key question at the moment. Martin Bashir thought they did, when he used fake bank statements to help persuade Diana, Princess of Wales, to do an interview with him for Panorama. He must have convinced himself that the interview was so important that it was worth breaking the rules to get it. Even now, he is trying to explain away the fraud on the grounds that she was happy with the outcome. But the fact that she wrote to Bashir after the broadcast to thank him for giving her back…

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