Category Archives: Conscience

Published on
17 April 2019

Deposing Freedom of Thought

Last week, Sir Roger Scruton was sacked from his role as Chairman of the ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’ following an interview that he gave to the New Statesman. Scruton’s appointment in November had caused considerable controversy, so perhaps his deposition from his unpaid position might be seen in retrospect as all but inevitable. Nevertheless, […]

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Published on
28 February 2019

Newman’s Age

In the coming year Pope Francis seems now likely to canonise the English Cardinal, John Henry Newman, completing a first step taken by Pope Benedict XVI who beatified him (declared him ‘Blessed’) in 2010. The Pope Emeritus has often referred to Newman in the same vein as his fellow-countryman St. Thomas More as figures who, […]

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Published on
19 June 2017

Election Reflection III: Liberalism’s Illiberal Endpoint

This is the third and final part in a series of reflections on the 2017 UK General Election. Shortly after the recent General Election the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, offered his resignation, issuing a statement which declared that he had found the tension between ‘remaining faithful to Christ’ and leading his party to be irresolvable. This came after a muted […]

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Published on
21 June 2016

Jo Cox and a Kinder Politics

On Thursday 16 June 2016, Jo Cox – a 41-year-old Labour MP, committed activist and, above all, dedicated wife and mother of two children aged 3 and 5 – was murdered in her Yorkshire constituency. The Thomas More Institute wishes to offer sincere condolences to her family and loved ones. It is difficult here not […]

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Published on
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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Published on
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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Published on
7 August 2015

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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