From The Brora School of Philosophy, to discuss:
If we can agree with the following Aristotelian propositions.
Using well-founded syllogistical reasoning, we can refer to the widely quoted example that:
- All men are mortal
- Socrates is a man
- Therefore, Socrates is mortal
This syllogistical formula was justifiably used by the UK and Devolved Governments and Parliaments for lockdown:
- Some citizens in our national community are vulnerable to death from Covid infection
- Locked-down society reduces the spread of Covid infection
- Therefore, Scotland should be locked-down to protect the vulnerable from Covid death
And so to ask, ought Highlanders to adopt this syllogistical pattern, thus:
- Resident Highlanders who use Highland roads are vulnerable to injury and or death from RTAs
- Heavily-regulated, well-designed, well-maintained roads reduce the risk of RTAs
- Therefore, Highland roads ought to be heavily-regulated, well-designed and well-maintained to protect the right to life of those who are resident in the Highlands and have to use its roads
Logic demands that if example 1 and 2 are valid then so too should number 3 be. Thus, Government policy should be to redirect more resources into the Highland road network and towards Traffic-Policing; especially if the data evidences that a Highlander is as likely to suffer harm and or death from an RTA as from Covid.