Jill Segger's blog

Politics in 'the raw'

It seems that quite a lot of candidates don't like getting too close to voters.

A good question: how should Christians vote?

Many of us inherit our politics and our religion. For that reason, both require examination and re-evaluation from time to time.

Motherhood and apple pie at the hustings

At the end of the week in which the party manifestos were published, I attended a hustings in a nearby church.

The noise made by poetry and why power is afraid of it

Ask most parents what they want for their children and the answers will be overwhelmingly on the lines of wanting them to be happy, good, well-balanced and fulfilled individuals.

General Election 2015: 'How doth the Truth prosper among you?'

Last night, three East Anglian Quakers sat round the kitchen table of their Area Meeting Clerk.

George Osborne's Agincourt moment

Last week's budget was significant for its omissions. No mention was made of NHS funding nor of where £12 billion cuts in social provision will fall. Then there were the plain untruths.

Inequality 1987-2015: what has changed and what must never change

Sometimes it seems as though nothing much changes.

Truthfulness and General Election candidates: a short blog on a long question

Being a person who respects truth is about a great deal more than avoiding the telling of lies.

'Advices and Queries': from 1682 to the general election of 2015

“Remember your responsibilities as a citizen for the conduct of local, national and international affairs. Do not shrink from the time and effort your involvement may demand.” This is one of 42 challenges and questions posed to members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) by the rather quaintly named 'Advices and Queries'.

Mind your language, Minister: 'war' and primary education

It seems we are at war again. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has declared a “war on illiteracy and innumeracy”. The booty will include 11-year-olds reciting the twelve times table and the attrition, threatening schools which fail to deliver this with being taken over by new management.