‘A heist that hits the poorest the hardest’
Is tax avoidance immoral? How wrong is it really? Details about rich people’s finances have angered politicians, the press and the public. Yet, technically, nobody has done anything illegal.
Gamers get to ‘play God’ in virtual worlds
Two new video games, Prison Architect and Watch Dogs, allow gamers to ‘play God’ by giving them power over vulnerable people. Will they deaden our responses to moral issues or improve them?
Modernising church leaders make 2013 their own
A humble, inspiring Pope determined to reform the Vatican, and an ‘utterly optimistic’ Archbishop of Canterbury intervening in political debates: can religions contribute to modern society?
Fight over morality of benefit caps splits UK
This week major changes to the British welfare system begin. Supporters say people must be encouraged into work that pays. Critics say deprived communities will be ground down.
Top politician and wife brought low by lies
He was once a cabinet minister, and very nearly leader of a political party. Now Chris Huhne is a disgraced ex-MP facing jail. Why would he risk everything for the sake of a lie?
Intrigue and infidelity topples top US generals
Washington reels as revelations of a love affair now threaten not one but two senior military careers. Is America right to disapprove so strongly of flawed leaders?
‘Moral’ young people put family first
Religion, broader society and even other relationships lose out in a new survey of teens and young adults – looking after family is seen as the best measure of morality.
Atheism on the rise as millions reject religion
According to a new survey, record numbers of people are swapping religious belief for atheism. Could we be heading toward a godless world – and what might that society look like?
‘Beach hero’ drowns to save stranded child
When a young girl drifted out to sea this weekend, she was saved by the bravery of one man – but the rescuer paid the ultimate price. Should people give up their lives for others?
Storm of controversy engulfs royal yacht proposal
A politician has proposed that the UK should make a £60 million gift to its Queen. In such tough times, many will disagree, but is there something to be said for extravagance?