Symon Hill's blog

Guess the Daily Mail's latest scapegoat

Guess the Daily Mail's latest scapegoat

Scapegoating is central to the Daily Mail. But if you've not yet seen today's issue (26 October), I challenge you to pause for a moment and have a guess at which group of people they are demonising today.

Defence Review confuses armed force with real security

The government's Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) has missed the opportunity to address long-term security problems such as climate change and the root causes of terrorism.

Security policy is a ministerial muddle

Today’s news is that the government regards cyber attacks as one of the greatest threats to the UK’s security. This conjures up the bizarre image of Liam Fox launching a Trident missile against a 16-year-old computer hacker just outside London.

Mussolini and British arms exports

Mussolini and British arms exports

We have just passed the 75th anniversary of Mussolini's invasion of Abyssinia. The invasion began on 3 October 1935, prompting pacifists and other campaigners in Britain to call for an arms embargo on Italy.

Ed Miliband's Trident challenge

Ed Miliband's Trident challenge

I don't seem to have a very positive effect on Ed Miliband. The first time I met him, he practically ran away from me, while on the second occasion, he broke into a serious coughing fit. If there's a third time, I hope it will be a more positive experience for both of us.

Bisexual Visibility Day - and why it matters

Bisexual Visibility Day - and why it matters

Today (23 September) is Bivisibility Day. The existence of bisexuality raises issues that are relevant to people of all sexual orientations. In some ways, it challenges modern approaches to sexuality as much as traditional ones.

I'm 'Not Ashamed' either - but I won't be wearing the badge

I'm 'Not Ashamed' either - but I won't be wearing the badge

Christian Concern For Our Nation (CCFON) launched a new campaign yesterday (21 September) entitled “Not Ashamed”. It aims to encourage Christians to “stand up for Jesus Christ in public life”.

I am not ashamed to be a Christian active in public life, but I will not be wearing one of the “Not Ashamed” badges. This is because the campaign aims to encourage only a certain sort of Christian to engage in particular forms of public life.

I should have been arresting Tony Blair today

I should have been arresting Tony Blair today

In my diary for today – Wednesday 8 September – I had written, “Arrest Tony Blair”. Along with several others, I had planned to join the queue at Blair's book signing in London. On reaching the front of the queue, each of us would have attempted a citizen's arrest for crimes against peace.

Hague and homophobia

Hague and homophobia

Whatever the truth behind today's story about the Foreign Secretary and his special adviser, the way it has been reported is clear evidence that casual homophobia is alive and well in the British media.

Blair, BAE and misleading memoirs

Blair, BAE and misleading memoirs

I thought that Tony Blair had lost the ability to shock me. But within a few seconds of picking up his newly published memoirs today, I realised I was mistaken.