Jill Segger's blog

Xenophobia, exceptionalism and Brexit: try not to mention the war

It is the business of people in my trade to have opinions and to make reasoned predictions.

Deadlock and reform: the hour is getting late

A minority government loses a central plank of its legislation in the largest defeat recorded in parliamentary history.

Protest, debate and thuggery: examining our own responses

We are right to be concerned at the ugly behaviour seen around Westminster in recent days.

The day called Christmas and our part in the Commonwealth of Heaven

Like it or not, 25 December draws a line across our lives.“We must have a coffee/lunch before Christmas.” “Can you turn this around for me before the break?” And tha

Time to make poverty as a political choice too uncomfortable for our government

 United Nations Special Rapporteurs are independent experts who have a specific thematic or country mandate from the UN Human Rights Council.

Commemorating a centenary or forgetting the pity of war?

How a war ends is as important as the manner of its beginning. It is in that ending that injustice and hatred may be sown.

Open data: of woodcuts and genomes

Edward Bawden was a remarkable artist-craftsman-maker, skilled in many media. He was a fine water-colourist, printmaker and designer.

Faith and politics: speaking truth to our own power

Speaking truth to power is a blade with two edges.

Does the truth prosper among you? A question for our own time

“‘What is truth?’, said Jesting Pilate and would not stay for an answer.” Francis Bacon’s enduring comment on the frustrated Roman functionary, adjudicating the quar

Fake news, gaslighting and the truth that can be known

Three or four years ago, we still had some trust in politicians.