Ordered by Question Popularity - Top 90 Questions
81. It is important to be tough about life and not complain about every little thing but sometimes being tough also means not letting others take advantage of you and calling them on it is part of that toughness. right or wrong?
82. The governments of the Western world would do better to buy the opium and coca harvests from poor countries rather than burn them. Imagine the constructive effect that could be achieved by diverting the billions spent on military action instead into aid and education. Who is it anyway that provides the demand for the opium and coca? It's not South America of Asia - it's the West. right or wrong?
83. The British government announced in December 2006 that it was stopping the two year investigation by the SFO (Serious Fraud Office) into the BAE Systems' Saudi Arabia Al Yamamah arms contract, because to proceed would damage national interests. Among other questionably nasty smells, it seems that certain deal-brokers closely connected with the Saudis objected to the SFO's scrutiny of their Swiss bank accounts. BAE of course denied any wrong-doing. The real question is now whether Britain's interests are more damaged by its government's effective approval of this sort of (alleged) corruption, and its selective approach to truth and justice. The scandal rumbles along, especially since the 2008 British court judgement that the investigation should not have been halted. right or wrong?
86. Benefit fraud of course is against the law. Are the fraudsters not however mostly ordinary disadvantaged people - and easy targets - trying to make ends meet in an unfair society, which at the same time enables corporations and individuals to avoid paying billions in taxes 'legitimately', simply because the rich and powerful know how to cheat within the law. right or wrong?
88. The UK National Lottery, and other state-sponsored national lottery schemes designed to raise money for 'good causes', are a tax on the poor. right or wrong?
89. Spam is as "acceptable" as any other form of marketing? I don't see how the inundation of TV commercials, or Billboards we're assaulted with every day is any different right or wrong?
90. The Internet, given its potential to connect people's needs with other people's offerings will largely and inevitably replace the profit-taking corporations which basically do the same thing, notably financial services (lending, borrowing, pensions, insurance, etc). right or wrong?