Jill Segger's blog

Westminster Abbey and the Prince of Peace

Trident submarines are continuously at sea. Each one carries up to 96 nuclear warheads, and each warhead has a yield eight times that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Meticulous and reticent lives 2.0

Good poetry stays in the mind. It takes root, develops and insists on keeping company with the reader.

Difficult witness from the ground of silence

We are experiencing a time of confusion and rage. Noisy conjecture paces in vain circles, displaying its caged fury wherever we turn.

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.