Symon Hill's blog

Speaking about my walk of repentance

Speaking about my walk of repentance

In summer this year, I walked from Birmingham to London as a pilgrimage of repentance for my former homophobia. Since then, I’ve been a bit taken aback by the number of requests I’ve received to give talks about it. I’m really chuffed that so many people are interested.

How the Guardian made me gay

How the Guardian made me gay

I'm used to reading inaccurate things about myself on the internet, but I had a surprise last week when reading an inaccurate description of myself in an article which I had written.

Skeletons haunt government over Egypt arms money

Skeletons haunt government over Egypt arms money

People dressed as skeletons protested outside the Department for Business earlier this week, urging Vince Cable to reveal the ‘skeletons in his cupboard’.

These dodgy practices go way beyond Fox and Werrity

These dodgy practices go way beyond Fox and Werrity

It’s happened at last. Liam Fox, one of the most gung-ho militarists ever to occupy the post of Defence Secretary, has returned to the backbenches. All the excuses and half-truths his supporters could come up with have not saved him. But his departure will be largely pointless if we don’t learn a great deal from the Werrity scandal.

Coming out as disabled

A few weeks ago, I was sorting through some old papers and came across my first ever published article. It was a piece on Christian attitudes towards mental health, published in the (now defunct) New Christian Herald in October 1998. I was 21.

The parallel universe of David Cameron

The parallel universe of David Cameron

Welcome to the parallel universe of David Cameron. It is a world in which the Tories stand up for the poor, lead the fight against dictatorship and stop people from being given benefits on demand. It is a world that exists in a conference hall in Manchester this week, in a few daily papers the rest of the time, and in the less well-informed parts of the right-wing blogosphere. It has nothing in common with the world that most of us live in.

The reality of BAE's job cuts

I don’t claim to be an expert at making political predictions. Some of my predictions have been woefully off-course. But yesterday (26 September) I made what must surely be the most precise political prediction of my life.

Same-sex marriage: The government should go further

Same-sex marriage: The government should go further

When I first heard that the news that the government is planning to legislate for same-sex marriage, I was very pleased. Then I looked at the details. Now I'm very disappointed.

British Quakers and private schools

British Quakers and private schools

Much has been written today about Kweku Adoboli, the “rogue trader” who lost £1.3 billion of other people’s money. One fact that has received little attention is that he went to a Quaker school.

Tell someone about the arms fair today

Tell someone about the arms fair today

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, however much time you’ve got, you can help to tackle the arms fair today. The most important thing you can do is simply to speak out by telling someone about the fair and why you oppose it.