Morality

Jordan Peterson is too negative about Western morality

5 September 2018 12:32

Jonathan Sacks’ radio series Morality in the 21st Century is a useful introduction to the subject, with some good contributions…

If atheists do have values, what are they?

25 May 2016 10:58

There’s an interesting article in the Guardian by Julian Baggini. Now that nearly half of Britons say that they have…

The wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:24

In a way the headline to my fellow columnist Dominic Lawson’s Sunday Times commentary on 12 April said it all.…

The Spectator at war: The disease of immorality

20 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 24 October 1914: EVIL practices, when they concern the relation of the sexes, are often allowed to…

When did suicide cease to be morally repugnant?

15 August 2014 15:37

The great Theodore Dalrymple once came up with the theory that there is a fixed level of righteous indignation in…

Forget warnings and labels. Make problem drinkers pay for their excess

11 August 2014 13:26

It was news to me that there exists an All Party Commons Committee on Alcohol Misuse, but when you think…

The Down’s syndrome surrogacy story is horrible. But Britain has no right to sneer

4 August 2014 20:15

To look on the heartwarming side, Australians have shown that they are rather more humane as a nation than the…

Next to the great halal scandal, grouse is small beer. But which has M&S banned?

31 July 2014 10:30

Last year I got my grouse at M&S. The birds, I mean. There’s a little fresh meat section in the…

The three parent technique is genetic modification. Will parliament confront this?

29 July 2014 16:19

If I were choosing a third parent for a baby, you know, I’d be inclined to choose one of the…

How should we describe ‘assisted dying’?

7 July 2014 15:40

There is, I realise, no perfect, neutral way of describing ‘assisted dying’, the substance of Lord Falconer’s bill which comes…

Rod Liddle is right about the faux Left

27 June 2014 11:27

‘I deserted my children for my own personal happiness: it is as simple as that, regardless if I sometimes reassure…

The Guardianista mind-set

14 June 2014 18:49

A moron has written a letter to The Guardian. I realise that this is not ground-breaking news. In the journalistic…

Did the pope say ‘inequality is the root of all social evil’?

30 April 2014 10:52

The following blog from a Catholic commentator about the Pope’s controversial tweet suggesting that “inequality is the root of social…

Morally, can we justify giving Luis Suárez a Player of the Year award?

26 April 2014 9:35

One of football’s many beauties is in encouraging us to forsake unfortunate strictures of accepted behaviour; as long as it’s…

Is moral change speeding up?

17 April 2014 14:41

After David Cameron’s whole God thing last week, there was a discussion on the radio this morning about whether religion…

Should Chris Moyles be taught a lesson?

24 February 2014 11:12

Would you buy a used car from the disc jockey Chris Moyles? I’m fairly gullible but even I’d have second…

The church is better at the welfare business than the state

21 February 2014 14:56

Today I have a piece in the Times (£ obviously, you know that) about the power of the Christian Left,…

Writers tend to the Left because they have imagination, not compassion

10 February 2014 14:00

I apologise for writing a blogpost about a tweet, which can look a bit like over-analysis, but I was intrigued…

Gendercide, abortion and hypocrisy of the pro-choicers

15 January 2014 14:48

There was a lovely little ultrasound picture of a foetus to illustrate the Independent’s splash today about the incidence of…

‘The left’ doesn’t matter; but its cowardice does

17 December 2013 18:02

I know it’s not quite the year’s end. But I think the sweetest words I heard in 2013 are already…