I'd say opinions are divided: some people thinks that "somebody hit the nail in the head with the hammer" but others think that "the hammer hit somebody in the head with a nail".
A cynicist would say that FIA is not
an example of a police state. They're an egregious example of democracy at work. Let's face it, in modern democracy (the most perfect way found... yet) you don't have to bend the rules for powerful people to win, the rules are already made that way.
Now, every time a team is punished, somebody raises the issue that infractors shouldn't be punished and referees are in favor of the "enemies" of a team.
Oh, no, it's not a simple punishment. Always there is a more sordid story that somehow implies the team is falling victim of a complicated scheme, that we, the innocent TV viewer public do not appreciate in full.
All right, I concede some times this point of view can be true. Besides, probably Hamilton was shortchanged when trying to defend his team, following instructions he didn't issue.
However, once upon a time, you couldn't be called a sportsman until you learned to take defeat graciously. Actually, some extraordinary examples of sportmanship did their utmost to be punished when referees did not detect their own faults....Moss suspects the court of public opinion will be far slower to show leniency.
Yes, yes, I know Mr. Moss sometimes is out of orbit, but, in the end, what McLaren has to prove right now is NOT what are the ultimate goals of FOM, what they have to prove is that they didn't lie.
So, I don't think there is a conspiracy behind this punishment and I also think that Hamilton could be less guilty than his team.
Can I make a final pun?
We do not live in a police state, but some people live in a denial state.