Jill Segger's blog

Raoul Moat: were we unwilling voyeurs?

Bereavement, betrayal, unemployment, mental illness, abuse, crime – in every community and in every week of every year, lives fracture and crumble under the strain of the 'tears of things'.

Charles Windsor and the law of holes

Charles Windsor is evidently not acquainted with the law of holes.

Recycling: Pickles, sticks and carrots

When it comes to modifying behaviour, there are arguments to be made for both sticks and carrots.

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.