MS: We’re to condemn Vyse, not for what he did, but for violence, intimidation and threats of eviction which happened entirely in your imagination.
SC: By placing his hat into the dirty ring, the man knew exactly what he was getting himself into and what he might be expected to do to get what he wanted. He knew beforehand all the dirty tricks (not limited to bribery) he might have to employ - for such dirty tricks were well known and well used at elections in this period. And yet, even with such fore-knowledge, he did not flinch from entering the dirty ring. As such Tricky Dicky hoisted himself and whatever integrity he may have had by his own petard.
MS: I don’t think so.
SC: That you are happy to unreservedly accept the word of Tricky Dicky on 'faith' is entirely your business. Would I unreservedly accept the word of a person who can suspend their morality whenever it suits them to do so? I really don't think so. And I venture to also add that this would likely be the position of most sensible folks who understand the fickle nature of trust.
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