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Much of the debate over the recently-defeated assisted suicide bill was couched in terms of one’s rights. While not necessarily intended by the authors of the bill, the media frequently referred to it as the ‘right to die’ bill.
The defeat of the Marris Bill at its second reading last Friday in the House of Commons was of immense significance. Through the heart of this debate ran themes which are shaping wider public policy in our nation.
On September 11 MPs will have the opportunity to settle for this Parliament the question of whether the terminally ill should have assistance with suicide, provided certain conditions are met. Far from a widespread popular movement, the history of assisted suicide campaigns in the UK is one of almost total failure, extending back over eighty years since the first Bill (the Voluntary Euthanasia Legalisation Bill) was rejected by Peers in 1936.
Perhaps the headline figure of my postgraduate research at Richmond University in London, is 51% of Londoners do not help the homeless on the streets or through a charity. This is somewhat understandable given those who wish to live and work in the capital might feel they have their own financial hurdles.
During the last few years, we have seen an unprecedented number of scandals involving the most prominent institutions, across the World and all the industrial sectors. These scandals have contributed to global crises affecting millions.
In the late 1990s, Solomon commented: ‘”Integrity” is a word like “honor” – its close kin – that sometimes seems all but archaic in the modern business world’ (Solomon, 1997, p.
In a collection of notes apparently recorded by his son Nichomachus, Aristotle reportedly maintained that the human good consists of virtuous activity. We flourish through virtue and are better off living a virtuous life.
Top down morality is out, hierarchies of traditionally respected authority are done. Our institutions, in particular those that wield political power are typically viewed with serious mistrust. The maxim that: ‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Britain has for centuries repeatedly faced the problem of binge drinking. As this article from January 1903 demonstrates, our current travails in tackling problem drinking are hardly new. What is required but is rarely addressed is culture change.
The current debate around immigration amongst politicians and the media, which has become increasingly negative, has led to growing tensions within communities who continue to struggle with the idea of integration.
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