Lochlan Bloom is a British writer and co-host of the Unsound Methods podcast. Subscribe here
There was a moment, several years ago, when it looked like they might do it.
Everybody in the country, every citizen, was to receive a full, official pardon.
A press release was drafted and the government instructed the judiciary to set the appropriate wheels in motion. It was marvellous news, quite unheard of.
The pardoning was to be comprehensive and final, no discrimination. Every individual would be completely pardoned of all sins and officially expunged of guilt by the authorities.
The press was abuzz with rumours and the civil service, for once, was a flurry of activity. For several months that summer, as news started to spread, there was even some laughter and excitement on faces in the wider public.
In the end, of course, bureaucratic wrangling delayed the regulation, and since there were elections looming and persistent questions about the economy, they decided it might be best to bury the whole thing.
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