Theft for art's sake.
In a thoroughly shameful development, the government has decided to legalise theft. It has decided to overthrow the basic foundation of the law on property, that being that title passes by consent. And for why? That an exhibition of art from the Russian Federation might be exhibited at the Royal Academy (links to be included when back at a PC). Title to some of the works is disputed, given that they were looted / expropriated / stolen by the RF's predecessor, the late and unlamented USSR. Without this upending of basic property rights, lawsuits by the legal title holders were likely to ensue. Doubtless many of the canvasses are of great merit, but that is nowhere near a good enough reason. The government, the Academy and all others involved in this despicable assault on property rights should be utterly ashamed of themselves.