Jill Segger's blog

West Cumbria declines to license sensationalism

The horror that was visited on West Cumbria on 2 June 2010 has been met with considerable dignity and emotional continence by the people of those shocked communities.

Question Time: 'new politics' shoots itself in the foot

The new era of openness and dialogue just shot itself in the foot.

The state opening of parliament plays to nostalgia and reinforces inequality

The content of the Queen's speech is easily accessed in a digital age. The 23 Bills which it unveiled will be analysed and debated at length in the coming days and weeks.

Labour leadership: neither recrimination nor 'moving on' is the answer

Nominations for the Labour leadership candidates opened today. The five men and one woman who have entered the contest each need 33 backers from among their fellow MPs.

Clegg should speak up for legitimate trade union freedoms

Amid all the debate on our individual and collective freedoms and the manner in which the coalition will address such matters as the retention of DNA, the refusal to send those accused of terrorist ac

Minding our (democratic) language

The abrupt brutality of the first-past-the-post system has not prepared us for anything other than the rapid and emotionally charged transfer of power.

A progressive majority says "enough"

On the day after the morning after the night before, the only certainty is that Britain's electoral map is in an entirely unprecedented condition.

In praise of political activists and families

As polling gets under way and the exhausted leadership candidates return to their constituencies and their families, it is a good time to reflect on political activists and on families.

Confrontational brutality impoverishes our common life

The binary fabric of our politics may have been stretched by the resurgence of the Lib Dems and by general dissatisfaction with, and creative responses to, the “old politics” model But there remains an almost Manichaean strand of seeking right/wrong; black/white; good/bad in our political discourse to the exclusion of all that is thoughtful and gracious.

Leaders' debates are here to stay

Gordon Brown's nightmare in Rochdale seems to have had little effect on the standing of the three big parties.