as little trusted as a general


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Persian - Iran

In the following context, could you please paraphrase the bold part?

In The Doctor’s Dilemma, George Bernard Shaw questioned whether people can be impartial when they have strong financial interests in a decision. He wrote, “Nobody supposes that doctors are less virtuous than judges; but a judge whose salary and reputation depended on whether the verdict was for plaintiff or defendant, prosecutor or prisoner, should be as little trusted as a general in the pay of the enemy.

Source: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians by Bernard Lo
  • grassy

    Senior Member
    It means they shouldn't be trusted at all.
    If your enemy pays your general, you can't trust your general!

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    What do you not understand?
    Admittedly, Shaw gives no indication how you might tell whether a general (a senior army officer) is in the pay of the enemy, but if a general is known to be in the pay of the enemy, he certainly should not be trusted.
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