Morality

A dementia tax would eventually become a euthanasia bonus

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Had Theresa May not on Monday summarily abandoned her manifesto threat to raid the savings of those who end up…

Why it’s obvious that morality precedes religion

13 May 2017 9:00 am

At a beautiful church service recently I encountered again a Gospel parable that left me, again, torn between sympathy and…

Surely empathy’s a good thing?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Being against empathy sounds like being against flowers or sparrows. Surely empathy is a good thing? Isn’t one of the…

Why is it OK to eat insects but not little furry animals?

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m writing this in the Highlands. Through the window I can see Loch Maree, being ruffled into white-tipped skirls by…

Tax avoidance and the wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:00 am

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

How Seneca got to sleep

9 April 2016 9:00 am

As if we did not have enough to cause us sleepless nights, the Royal Society for Public Health has demanded…

Hayek was right: you can’t understand society without evolution

7 November 2015 9:00 am

In December the controversial satellite TV channel ReallyTV launches its Christmas season with a flagship reality show called From Homs to…

The kindness of strangers is a pleasing mystery

17 October 2015 8:00 am

When I applied to medical school, an experienced doctor offered me some advice: ‘Don’t give them reason to think you’re…

Letters: The immoral Vladimir Putin

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Putin the gangster Sir: Putin is a gangster’s gangster. While he ruins Russia economically and diplomatically to keep himself in…

You can do anything (but you shouldn’t): the brave new world of internet morality

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Going online does not make you invisible – as the adulterers who used the hacked site Ashley Madison are discovering

Spectator letters: How Detroit can really be fixed

4 July 2015 9:00 am

How to fix Detroit Sir: When I last flew over my native Detroit five years ago, vast tracts of it…

Adultery websites should be as unacceptable as race-hate websites

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Why don’t more people object to online promotion of adultery?

The cult of 'mindfulness'

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Separating meditation from faith might not be as harmless as it seems

Would human life be sacred in an atheist world?

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Can human life be sacred in a post-Christian world?

Socrates on Maria Miller

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Our former culture secretary, Maria Miller, is still apparently baffled at the fuss created by her fighting to the last…

There's a global morality gap — and it's getting wider

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The world can now be divided between post- and pre-enlightened countries

The sweet smell of danger

22 January 2011 12:00 am

If this novel is ever published with a scratch-and-sniff cover — which incidentally, I think it might be successful enough to warrant — this is what it would smell of: cheap petrol, lust, the ripe, acidic scent of decaying corpse, cat litter, $2,000 suits, Cristal champagne, decaying encyclopaedia, corruption, fumes from the power plant, betrayal, sausage.

Physical and spiritual decay

7 July 2010 12:00 am

The most striking thing about Piers Paul Read’s early novels was their characters’ susceptibility to physical decay.

Might and wrong

30 June 2010 12:00 am

‘Was all this the realisation of our war aims?’, Malcolm Muggeridge asked as he surveyed the desolation of Berlin in May 1945.