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The moral maze of the British constitution

BBC Radio’s Moral Maze, on which I am a regular panellist, started its new run last night with a discussion about the moral duty of MPs. With the Brexit crisis setting government against parliament and parliament against the people, we asked whether the principal duty of MPs was to their constituents or to their conscience, and whether sovereignty lay with parliament or the people. Is the British constitution currently working as it should, or are MPs trying to subvert it – and is it ever going to be the same…

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Maze of competitive sport

Please listen to me here on BBC Radio’s The Moral Maze discussing with my co-panellists Giles Fraser, Matthew Taylor and Michael Portillo, in the wake of damning criticisms of champion cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky, the grey lines over obtaining competitive advantage in sport.

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What should be done with captured British jihadis?

Two men raised in Britain who went to fight with Isis in Syria have been captured by the Americans who want them to be returned to the UK to stand trial. But the British government doesn’t want them back. What should be done with British jihadis who go to fight in foreign theatres of war? Should they be killed where they are fighting or put on trial – and if the latter, where? I debated this issue on LBC with the human rights expert Philippe Sands QC. You can watch and listen to part of our…

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British Jews, right and left

I was interviewed for an interesting and thoughtful BBC Radio Four programme about the changing political allegiances of British Jews, presented by Jo Coburn. It contains some poignant personal reminiscences, fascinating historical and political nuggets and no small anguish at how this tiny community’s ingrained nervousness as the target of bigotry has now soared once again to a high level. You can listen to the programme here.

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Can robots ever be moral?

On BBC Radio’s Moral Maze, my colleagues Michael Portillo, Matthew Taylor, Mona Siddiqui and I went head to head with our guests and each other over artificial intelligence. Can robots become capable of moral reasoning? Can machines ever replicate human beings? What is the essential difference between mankind and machines? You can listen to the broadcast here.

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The sex-pest tsunami and moral progress

On BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze, my colleagues and I took a broader approach to the sex-pest tsunami by asking whether our society had become more or less moral. Is the current torrent of allegations of sexual misbehaviour an ethical advance or a descent into bullying and injustice? Are moral values fixed, or do they adapt as cultures change and develop? Is the notion that moral progress is both inevitable and good a statement of the obvious or an ideological delusion? You can listen to the whole show here.

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Complicity with a sexual predator

On BBC Radio Four’s Moral Maze, my colleagues and I discussed the scandal around the alleged predatory sexual misbehaviour of the film mogul Harvey Weinstein. Were those who knew in any way complicit themselves? Do more people need to blow the whistle about such behaviour or are we in danger of becoming an oppressive society of tale-telling, distrust and mutual suspicion? You can listen to a recording of the programme here.

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Religious tolerance or illiberal liberalism?

Should Britain’s faith schools segregate boys and girls for teaching and activities within the school? How far should a liberal society tolerate intolerant religious beliefs in the school system? Should faith schools receive any public funding at all? My fellow panellists and I discussed this last night on BBC Radio’s The Moral Maze. You can listen to it here.

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