Re: Natural Law v Governmental Law
My sympathies lie mostly with the car maker.
Not for me, sir. I work for a German company. Out engineering technologists are first class, sadly German managers make up for that by being amongst the worst in the world (I have some reasonable breadth of experience on the matter).
German managers are the worst sort of bureaucrats. Tidy minded reductionists, who slavishly apply whatever is reported as "best practice" by crappy management consultancies, and treat all rules as exactly the written words, rather than any sense of the intent of the lawmakers and the possible consequences of breach.
In this case, the whole point is that engineers steered VW to disaster because management (even if former engineers themselves) took that reductionist approach. Sadly I work for another German company that has seen its value crash by around 85% in the past ten years or so for the same reason of poor quality management.