Symon Hill's blog

Kate and William are our equals

Kate and William are our equals

BBC Radio 4, so often a voice of intelligence and relative impartiality, began the news this morning (29 April) with the extreme bias and simpering tones they reserve for reports on the Windsor family. It was announced that Kate Middleton would be "transformed" from a "commoner" into "Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge".

Bad arguments against voting Yes: Misleading maps

Bad arguments against voting Yes: Misleading maps

If you’ve received a leaflet from the ‘No to AV’ campaign, you may have noticed a map showing that only three countries use the Alternative Vote system. But there are lots of things the map does not show.

Thinly veiled prejudice

Thinly veiled prejudice

The first steps in a legal challenge to the French ban on face coverings have already been taken. Twelve Muslim women were arrested outside Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, apparently for an unauthorised protest rather than for wearing the niqab - ten of the twelve were not wearing it.

Will the Christian Legal Centre speak up for Brian Haw?

Will the Christian Legal Centre speak up for Brian Haw?

The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) repeatedly claim that Christians in Britain are being discriminated against because of their faith. But they don't appear to have said anything about Brian Haw, the Christian activist who lost a court case recently, when the judge ruled that he should be evicted from his peace camp opposite Parliament.

The Christian Legal Centre should apologise

The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) have lost all credibility. Following a High Court case about foster parents, they have made statements which are difficult to interpret as anything other than blatantly misleading.

British arms in Bahrain and Libya

British arms in Bahrain and Libya

On Friday 18 February 2011, a former defence minister sat beside me in a Sky News studio and insisted that the Bahraini government is not an oppressive regime. Hours later, Bahraini troops opened fire on unarmed demonstrators.

Rumour and speculation over civil partnerships

Rumour and speculation over civil partnerships

It was reported this week that the government is to allow religious elements in same-sex civil partnership ceremonies. If this news sounds familiar, it is because we've already heard it.

Egypt: Casting down the mighty from their thrones

Egypt: Casting down the mighty from their thrones

Barack Obama and David Cameron have said that Egypt must move rapidly towards free elections and democracy. It's a shame that this point didn't occur to them when they were selling weapons to Mubarak.

Gays and Christians in the media

Gays and Christians in the media

Last week brought another high-profile “Gays v. Christians” story. A court in Bristol ruled against Christian guest house owners who had denied a room to a gay couple. The coverage reinforced the notion that “Christians” and “gays” are two mutually exclusive groups that are implacably opposed to each other.

What did Blair tell his cabinet?

What did Blair tell his cabinet?

It seems that if you were a member of Tony Blair's cabinet, you had to read the newspapers to find out what your own policy was. Blair was asked at the Chilcot Inquiry this morning (21 January) whether the cabinet realised in 2002 that things were progressing towards war. He replied that they must have done because, “Daily, there were stories" in the media about preparations for military action.