Jill Segger's blog

Floods, government inadequacy and the just's umbrella

It seemed a perfect illustration of the government's inadequacy in the face of the northern floods.

Reflections from a Quaker household on the time called Christmas

As early as I can remember, and certainly before I had words for the concept, I have known that there is a string in the human psyche which is placed to

Burying bad news: game-playing to the detriment of democracy

On the afternoon of 11 September 2001, an unknown political advisor used a phrase which has become part of the political and cultural lexicon.

This will not be our finest hour: the dangerous rhetoric of war

We have to hope that committing a country's armed forces to acts of war i

The Lord's Prayer and bewilderment in the Church of England

The Church of England has expressed itself “bewildered” at the refusal of leading cinemas to show a short advertising film on the Lord's Prayer.

A journey without return: we have been here before

We have been here before. November 13 2015; September 11 2001. Thither the echoes come.

Remembering well in the cause of peace

War is failure.

Red poppies, white poppies, empty lapels and the catastrophe of war

Every November, I write for a variety of outlets about remembrance in general and poppy colour in particular.

Deceit is the real constitutional crisis

Deceit takes many forms. The outright lie, the partial truth, concealment, the broken promise.

'Refugees crossing': the little boats bearing our humanity

Just a month after photographs of the body of three-year-old Alyan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach, shocked the world, the government has announced its decision to withdraw two Border Force res