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30 April
2016

Orwell 2.0

There is something Orwellian about the times in which we live. In a recent debate about free speech on the BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire programme, Richard Brooks – the newly-elected Vice-President of the National Union of Students (NUS) – said ‘everyone has an equal right to freedom of speech; however, some people have more equal rights […]

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18 April
2016

Panama Papers and Political Morality

In recent weeks, newspapers and media at large have been speaking about the biggest leak in contemporary history. The Panama Papers amount to 2.6 terabytes of information or 11.5 million documents on offshore tax havens. The records constitute the internal database of Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm, and were published by the International Consortium […]

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28 August
2015

‘British Values’ and Extremism Disruption Orders

‘Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves’ – William Pitt the Younger Earlier in 2015 Baroness Warsi declared that Britain is fighting an ‘ever-losing battle’ against violent extremists and The Guardian reported that ‘more people were being radicalized in their […]

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21 August
2015

Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: A Guide to the Evidence

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has recently published a collection of resources to help people better engage with debates in Britain relating to Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS), titled Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: A Guide to the Evidence, and we warmly recommend it to all thinking persons. The Thomas More Institute shares with the Anscombe Bioethics Centre […]

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7 August
2015

Lessons from America’s Culture Wars

The present furore in the USA over Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal organs has now claimed its third casualty. After Louisiana and New Hampshire, Alabama has now become the third state to withdraw funds from Planned Parenthood. Although this is unlikely to impact on the number of abortions performed in the UK, there are some […]

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7 August

Is ‘Sex Work’ a Human Right?

At Amnesty International’s International Conference Meeting (ICM) in Dublin this month delegates will debate the proposition that there is a human right to engage in prostitution, or “sex work”. Amnesty International has previously called for decriminalisation of prostitution and has asserted that sex workers face various forms of discrimination from the State and stigmatisation by society […]

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21 July
2015

Nicky Morgan and The Two Cultures

From time to time determined scientistic voices argue that the Natural Sciences alone are paths to worthwhile knowledge. Now we have the responsible government Secretary of State arguing that students who do not choose science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects at A-Level are making a choice that will ‘hold them back for the rest […]

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9 July
2015

Migration Crises

Over the past three months we have seen numerous reports on migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy and moving on to the English Channel at Calais with Dover in sight – in some cases succeeding in the latter crossing, too. In virtue of the historic sequence of the two crossings, both involving […]

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