France’s constitutional council has dealt a blow to beleaguered Socialist president François Hollande by rejecting the new 75% rate of income tax due to come into effect on Tuesday.
Clearly the spirit of the law is that Parliament wants that 75% to be paid and so everyone should do so.
But the Constitutional Council says that it’s against the letter of the law. For it is unfair.
Just what is a progressive supposed to do? Follow the spirit of the law or the letter of it?
Demand that in the name of fairness everyone must follow a law that has been declared and defined to be unfair?