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How much trust do you have for police or judges?

Filed under: General — MurrayBacon @ 6:21 pm Mon 20th October 2008

Happiness is really important, for an effective, relevant, working justice system.

Trust is key for happiest people in world

As economists probe better ways to measure well-being than pure wealth, they say the Danes — who are also among the world’s most prosperous people — have a tradition of equality and trust that is not widely replicated……….

OECD economist Justina Fischer — a German who has studied subjective well-being and its societal and economic correlations for many years — puts Denmark’s happiness down to the fact that people consume a relatively equal share of the wealth they generate, and trust each other.

“Denmark is one of the countries with the highest level of trust among people,” she said. In other countries, people are more cynical about institutions from government to business, as well as each other…………….

Exactly how the Danes became so trusting of each other is not clear, but it may have been inherited through generations, said professor and self-styled happiness researcher Christian Bjornskov at the University of Aarhus.

“We believe that the origin of this trust can be traced far back. Possibly back to some Viking norms,” Bjornskov said, adding these assumptions were speculative.

As an indication, he said surveys have shown that the descendants of those Scandinavians who emigrated to the United States in the 19th century generally are the most trustful Americans today.

The OECD’s Fischer noted that economists have found a positive correlation between trust and economic growth.

“If you trust someone in a market transaction you have lower transaction costs. You do not even have to have a contract because you trust his or her words. So you have no contract costs, you have no enforcement cost.”

Bjornskov said Danish trust is very clearly connected with a better economy and a better competitive position.

“It means that the judicial system functions better in Denmark, education works better than in a lot of other countries. The trust contributes to the happiness, but it also contributes to concrete economic results,” he said.

I hope that this article persuades you to make justice/law and order a significant election issue. We need constructive action, not ongoing hollow promises.

Labour have tended to appoint weak, ineffectual non legally trained ministers of justice. National have tended to appoint legal workers as minister of justice. Both fail to serve the proper needs of the public, where there is conflict with the financial interests of legal workers.

Protect your interests, at the voting booth.

Cheers, MurrayBacon.


  1. An interesting piece. My judge in my current Family Court case is Judge Jan Walker, formerly of a family law practice in Rotorua and a very active long-time Labour Party activist. There was very vocal opposition from National when she was appointed to the bench. National obviously viewed it as a political appointment. I presume once appointed a judge, a person stops their affiliation with a political party. Just wondering how other people have found her Honour?

    Comment by Gerry — Mon 20th October 2008 @ 6:37 pm

  2. I’ve traced my ancestry back to the Vikings but I’m damn sure not going to trust any of the politicians that we have here.

    Comment by Rosie — Mon 20th October 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  3. For a civilised nation, it’s very important.
    Nations that fail, generally have no trust in those things.
    A problem that some in NZ have, even with violent protest.

    You cannot risk, lawlessness.
    Always vigilant, in having good police and judges.
    That overall, the public trusts.

    Lawlessness, is like Ukraine.
    The soldiers roadside judging, and killing the prisoner.
    Raping as punishment or reward, as they may be judged with death tomorrow.

    What then, if police and judges are lawless.
    What worth does a law have if it’s not obeyed, or paid for.
    Law then serves there interests, just as with the soldiers power.

    How far do you go, for everyone to be lawful.
    Certainly Vlad the Impaler, could leave a treasure unstolen.
    The police and judgement, a genuine fear.

    Maybe there is an easy test, to the question of trust.
    How many innocent, are arrested or punished.
    How many guilty are helped, slipping trough the system.

    So for NZ we are good with trust, as things aren’t that bad.
    We don’t need to tip the police, or pay bribes for decisions.
    It is not trust that’s the problem, in NZ.

    It’s culture.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Sun 3rd April 2022 @ 6:16 pm

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