This year, i've started feeling more helpless about living in this country, and the events of this week have really ramped it up for me. The death of a boy lures a politician-giant out into public to disparage the boy's final moments and shut down the dawning realisation that we are all endangered by agents of the law. A mother seeking justice for the loss of her son is told that the armed forces to which he was lost is immune from being tried in a court of law. She is made instead to pay for the legal costs of those from whom she seeks justice. In both cases, it is faith in public institutions, and not the protection of individuals, that is upheld by the law.