Symon Hill's blog

Don't keep calm. Don't carry on.

As I write, it is unclear whether the Conservatives will have an overall majority. If not, I suspect they will try to rule as a minority government, although they may try some sort of deal. In the latter case, they could well be defeated in Parliament on at least some issues. In the former, they will still be vulnerable to rebellion from their own fractious backbenchers.

Optimistic about the Green vote.

Optimistic about the Green vote.

I am often cautious about making election forecasts, but when it comes to the Green Party, I’m unusually confident about my predictions.

Abortion, Trident and the destruction of innocent life

Abortion, Trident and the destruction of innocent life

Fifteen UKIP candidates and two Conservatives have signed a statement that commits them to opposing the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. Unfortunately, they appear to have done so by accident.

UKIP's Christian group accuses gay people of 'recruiting' children

UKIP's Christian group accuses gay people of 'recruiting' children

One of the nastiest accusations against gay people is the claim that they 'recruit' children with the intention of turning them gay.

Labour should stand up and say they'll scrap Trident

Labour should stand up and say they'll scrap Trident

Trident is trending on Twitter. At present, it is the Number One trending topic in the UK.

Britain has never been a Christian country

Britain has never been a Christian country

Happy Easter!

As Christians around the world mark Easter Sunday and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, there are some who are using the occasion to demand that Britain turns the clock back.

Grassroots activism and the Leaders' Debate

Leaders’ Debates are always going to be unbearable on some level. The petty attacks, the narrowness of the discussions, the very limited time span, the tendency of some people to think that shouting loudly constitutes debate (meaning Nigel Farage in this case).

Vote for us! We're slightly better than the others! (Or: An evening at the Quaker hustings)

Lindsay Northover, a Liberal Democrat junior minister, began her remarks at a Quaker-organised hustings event yesterday by commenting on how few people go to hustings these days.

How not to respond to tragedy

How not to respond to tragedy

My first reaction to the news of last week’s aeroplane crash was, of course, horror. Millions of people reacted in a similar way. For the friends and relatives of those killed, the reaction was naturally more intense. It is hard to imagine what they are going through, as for all those bereaved suddenly and without explanation.

Are Christians who support same-sex relationships frightened of saying so?

Are Christians who support same-sex relationships frightened of saying so?

Conservative Christian groups are forever telling us that people who oppose same-sex relationships are frightened of expressing their views.