Sports’ activities – is football obscene?

The recent transfer of the footballer Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world record 100 million euro transfer fee took place this week, leading to a new currency - 'the Bale'. For instance, the GDP of Cuba is 734 Bales. The question asked of students in the recent blog, 'Is football obscene?',  is whether the size of the transfer and Bales annual salary of nearly $25 million can be morally justified in light of the parlous state of Europe's economies ...

We’re all in this together – but I need more…

‘It’s very difficult for me as president to call on the American people to make sacrifices to help shore up the financial system if there’s no sense of mutual obligation and mutual help... We’re all in this together’ US President Barack Obama, March 2009 As the recession hits western countries in particular, governments are seeking to balance budgets through a series of fiscal measures; cutting government expenditure and raising taxes. In addition, wages have been frozen (or cut in real terms), pension ...