Jill Segger's blog

Holidays, the uses of travel and the challenge of re-creation

The great holiday get-away weekend has come and gone. Two million holidaymakers thronged the roads and airports.

Fox hunting, fracking and the categorical imperative

If an outcome pleases, do you ask questions as to how it was achieved? Politicians depend upon us not doing so and there is therefore a responsibility to interrogate our own reactions.

£50 million for school cadet units will not improve the prospects of young people

The prospects for young people have not been improved by the Summer Budget. Let me count the ways of failure.

'We are many': war, anger and optimism

Yesterday, I wept in a cinema – something I had not done since, at the age of 10, I was utterly undone by the death of Bambi's mother.

Armed Forces Day: propaganda and quiet processes

Clichés are usually truths which have somewhat lost their impact through repetition. That repetition takes place because the truths concerned were originally mordantly appropriate.

Magna Carta, 'heritage' and delusion

We have a tendency in these islands – particularly in England – to prefer our history packaged as 'heritage'.

Charles Kennedy: the last (lower case) liberal?

When Charles Kennedy died last week, alone in his Fort William home, the shock and sadness was felt far beyond his party.

Poverty and hope abandoned: learning again the spiritual value of each other

"Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate" (Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.) The words Dante places over the gates of hell are terrifying.

Aspiration, Labour's failure and the long road to understanding

Shock does not produce reasoned reaction.

Beyond the ballot: a spirit that will not be broken

A desolate day follows a long night and the metaphors are a measure of the shock: “ a tsunami”, “ a landscape changed out of recognition”, “ sweeping all before them”.