one law for the rich and another for the poor

1830 MARRYAT King’s Own I. xi. Is there nothing smuggled besides gin? Now, if the husbands and fathers of these ladies,—those who have themselves enacted the laws,—wink at their infringement, why should not others do so?.. There cannot be one law for the rich and another for the poor.

1913 Spectator 8 Nov. 757 The idea prevails abroad that there is one law for the ‘rich’ Englishman and another for the ‘poor’ foreigner.

1944 A. THIRKELL Headmistress iv. ‘You want one law for the people you think are rich and another law for the people you think are poor,’ I said. ‘Let me advise you to find out which are which before you make a fool of yourself.’

2001 Spectator 29 Dec. 48 If he gets community service and a suspended sentence the hustlers will be out in force screaming the old ‘one law for the rich, another for the poor’ chestnut.


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