Morality

Magaluf Sex Acts, Lord of the Flies and Why Raising the Legal Drinking Age Won't Work

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

There's been a massive outcry this week over the young lass who allegedly performed sex acts on 24+ blokes in a nightclub in Magaluf. A lot of people seem to think it's an indication of our crumbling society. Part of the dangers of drinking. Others have ignored the drinking and seem pretty stuck on this being a case of double standards. Sexism.

Is Football Experiencing a Crisis of Moral Responsibility?

Hamish Mackay | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Sport
Hamish Mackay

Is this really what football has been reduced to? A means of peddling crap we don't need, laundering the reputations of morally questionable companies and encouraging us to gamble away what little money we have left at the end of it all?

Beautiful? Damned?

Caragh Little | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So a well-known Sunday Colour Supplement has issued some good advice, this weekend, on how normal women can emulate 'expensive' beauty using products and procedures in their price-range.

Memorial or Ideological Advertisement? Lee Rigby and What We Should Actually Remember About Soldiers

Gregor Smith | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

We're just over a week away from the first anniversary of the death of Lee Rigby. The soldier, wearing a Help for Heroes hoodie, was murdered in broad...

Public Morals Are a Slippery Slope

Mark Oaten | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Mark Oaten

What is 'public morality', really? The WTO itself doesn't have a definition. The General Agreements on Tariffs & Trade (GATT) does, but only that it allows each country to set its own definition.

Mr Cameron Playing the Religious Card

Bob Morgan | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

By highlighting Christian 'virtues' of responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion, humility - is he suggesting that other groups don't have those virtues? If so most people will not believe him. If he is acknowledging (in among the rather confusing language) that most people share these virtues - again, why highlight the Christians? Many Christians are indeed hard-working, compassionate and modest but so are many non-Christians and even many people with no faith! Christians do not have the monopoly on being moral and doing good...

School Places: Everyone Only Wants the Best for Their Children Right?

Francesca Richards-Spiller | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Richards-Spiller

Defining children according to wealth or merit in specific subjects sits very uncomfortably with me. What about supporting kids' interests, building on enthusiasm? What about maintaining friendships between kids of different social backgrounds rather than keeping them in separate worlds? Isn't it heartbreaking when children are separated from their best friends...

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Support the Swedish Model of Sex Work

Suzi Godson | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Whether we like it or not, criminalising the buying and selling of sex is an attempt to legislate morality and exercise control over private sexual behaviour. Sex workers are human beings and selling sex is their business. Sex workers must be entitled to the same labour rights as other workers and the same human rights as other people.

Fighting for Our Freedom to Be Healthy

Tony Lobl | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

What might be the basis for not accepting second class health? Perhaps because its as innate to our spiritual sense to feel health is natural as it is politically to demand equal rights. "In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties," mused Swiss poet and philosopher Henri Frédéric Amiele.

Which Is the Greater Crime - Poverty or Shoplifting?

John Wight | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

What struck me about this exchange was the extent to which it revealed a widening disconnect between the haves and have nots, on the level of morals as well as income, exacerbated by the recession and the current government's policy of making the poor pay for an economic mess effectively created by the greed of the rich.

A Tragedy for Britain and Syria, Inflicted By Our Own Parliament

Adam Seldon | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

This self-congratulatory, politicised and crass narrative is cynical and vacuous. Thursday constituted a colossal tragedy: a tragedy for the practice of politics, a tragedy for Britain's role in the world and a tragedy for the people of Syria.

A Win for Democracy, A Loss for Morality

Richard Pass | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Pass

On the one hand, the British public, clearly sceptical of intervention in Syria, had their voices heard. Last night was, however, also a profoundly bitter moment because of what it says to the world about the morality of the British people. Is it not ironic and tragic to be celebrating the triumph of democracy and freedom of speech through ignoring the cries of the Syrian people for exactly the same rights?

David Cameron Shouldn't Be Calling the Bible a 'Handbook' for 'Moral Guidance'

Ben Whitnall | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Whitnall

I'm glad David Cameron appreciates and values the Christian Scriptures. I hope he increasingly encounters and engages with them. I'm confident that, as he does, he'll discover the Bible is a much bigger story than anything so small as a 'handbook for moral guidance'.

We Love Numbers - Are They Our Downfall?

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

We humans adore measuring things. The love affair started as early as the 4th and 5th millennia BC when the ancient peoples of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and...

The Root of All Arguments

Josh Taerk | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Josh Taerk

The "Winner Syndrome" or "winnering" is the process of trying to convince someone that your point of view is more valid then his or her's. It completely stops communication because you aren't listening to the other person's side when you're "winnering."

Power, Morality and Role

Kevan Hall | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kevan Hall

We are all defined by a range of relationships, boss and subordinate, parent and child, friend, sibling, etc. Correct action in each of these relationships may be slightly different - but they all have their own distinct morality and pattern of action and reaction.

Drugs in Sport, Part II: Why Do We Care?

Marek Doyle | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Sport
Marek Doyle

I play devil's advocate here only to drive home the point: we need biological manipulation to make sport a spectacle. In fact, I will rephrase that: sport IS biological manipulation. The more pertinent question is to what extent is biological manipulation fair? And can we justify accepting certain forms but not others?

The Inmate of Rome

Will Bordell | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Will Bordell

It's a relief to be able to call him Joseph.  And it will be a relief once he's treated just like any other Joseph.  It's been said before and it will be said again: there's a Ratzinger-sized space in Rome's nearest prison cell just waiting to be filled.  The former Bishop of Rome should soon become the Inmate of Rome.

Decency as Systemic Consideration

Ivy Turow | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Politics
Ivy Turow

I believe that rules are made to be followed by the majority so that a tiny minority may break them with impunity.

Experts Argue Morning After Pill 'Opt Out' Be Banned

PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Current "conscience clauses" which allow pharmacists to opt-out of giving women the morning after pill are not satisfactory, experts said. These cl...

'Blue Bloods' - Off-The-Peg Morality and The American Dreat

Rob Atkinson | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rob Atkinson

Blue Bloods is a CBS-produced TV drama - now in its third season - airing on Sky Atlantic in the UK, which typifies the successful formula used to create a top-rating series stateside.

Why Leveson Doesn't 'Get' Journalism and Cannot See the Wood for Dead Trees

James Alan Anslow | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Politics
James Alan Anslow

There will always be times that journalism tests and even breaks the law: whether to expose corrupt MPs by buying stolen data or to unveil royal hypocrisy by procuring a transcript of an adulterous phone conversation.

Can Jokes About Rape Ever Be Funny?

Tony Cowards | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Comedy
Tony Cowards

A lot of comedy is about confronting taboos, death, sex, religion, etc, etc, Monty Python wrote a song and a sketch based on a crucifixion, not generally a subject seen as ripe for comedy but now considered a comedy classic.

Is the Internet Heralding a New Puritan Age

M.R. Hall | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Tech
M.R. Hall

How much will our everyday behaviour and speech be forced to change? There's no telling of course, but we're definitely on the upswing of the pendulum.

Why Lance Armstrong is Still a Hero: 'Great Men Are Almost Always Bad Men'

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Sport
Professor Ian Robertson

Read any biography of a great man or woman and you will almost always find evidence of the ruthlessness, cruelties and immoralities that arose from their single-minded pursuit of greatness.