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Ethics in business distant memory

WHILE Volkswagen's actions may elicit a "sneaking regard", they also reinforce the suspicion that ethics in business are a thing of the past.

This breeds a cynicism about modern life that is corrosive and depressing.

As usual, the highly paid perpetrators are untouchable and ordinary people pay the price, not least by unwittingly contributing to air pollution and, by extension, global warming.

The betrayal of Germany's hard-earned reputation for technical and engineering reliability for the sake of short-term profit surely indicates a loss of core values at the highest level in business that negatively affects us all.

MAEVE HALPIN

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