How should people behave in public? Is it ok to argue? How angry can that argument be?
Should people be rewarded for working hard? If they are reading the paper and not taking their task seriously how should they be regarded?
Should you vote for someone just because you like them? Or because they are good at what they do?
All the above it seems to me are moral questions.
So when Anax on Liberal Democrat Voice says
“Mill said a good test of the public institutions was if they increased the moral and intellectual virtues of the population”
and then finds the BBC wanting, he could not be more wrong.
For all the above questions are raised by John Sargeant’s exit from Strictly Come Dancing.
And it is in the big, popular entertainment programmes that the BBC most fulfills its moral purpose.
It may seem slightly absurd that when a radio presenter is naughty he gets put “in detention” for three months. But is this not a moral act? And in suspending Jonathan Ross is the BBC not acting in a moral way?
If the BBC stopped making entertainment programmes it would be saying:
“Moral questions are only for people who watch Newsnight”.