Symon Hill's blog

Take a minute to support Bangladeshi garment workers

Take a minute to support Bangladeshi garment workers

Two Bangladeshi garment workers have been arrested after campaigning for improvements in working conditions. Kalpona Akter and Babul Ahkter have worked with countless workers in their own country and ethical fashion promoters in Britain.

The Magnificat, and other revolutionary sentiments

The Magnificat, and other revolutionary sentiments

For centuries, the tendency of Christian churches to uphold the political and economic order has been threatened by the socially radical nature of Jesus' teachings and much of the Bible. Nothing makes this more obvious than the Magnificat.

Stop the legal loan sharks

Stop the legal loan sharks

In the wake of the economic crisis, we've all been encouraged to be more realistic about debt. It's a message that will be of little use to those who are forced into the hands of loan sharks by desperation, poverty and the refusal of banks to give them credit. And for all the government's words about financial responsibility, they're letting the loan sharks get away with it.

Life, hope and the horrors of Hiroshima

Life, hope and the horrors of Hiroshima

Visiting the Hiroshima and Nagasaki exhibition currently on display in central London is an emotionally charged experience.

Mark Thomas to speak at CAAT National Gathering

Mark Thomas to speak at CAAT National Gathering

I'm delighted to hear that the activist comedian Mark Thomas has agreed to speak at the National Gathering of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which will take place in London on 6 November.

The plank in BP's eye

In addition to losing their reputation and mindbogglingly large sums of money, BP also seem to have lost any ability to appreciate irony.

Being honest about sexual ethics

It's easy to get the impression that, when it comes to questions of sexuality, Christians are split into two embittered factions who fight each other with no hope of dialogue or progress.

An Orwellian assault on free expression

The review of “counter-terrorism” legislation announced by the coalition government seems to be more comprehensive than I'd feared. Control orders, pre-charge detention and stop-and-search will all be on the agenda. It's a welcome announcement from a government about which I've so far found very little to welcome.

A field day for the right-wing press

As the old joke goes, the way to confuse Daily Mail readers is to tell them that asylum-seekers are the natural enemies of homosexuals. This wouldn't have worked last week, when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of two gay asylum-seekers, giving the right-wing media the opportunity to go into full scaremongering mode, firing off prejudiced comments about two groups handily combined into one.

Pride was a spiritual experience

Pride was a spiritual experience

Yesterday's Pride festival in London was one of the deepest spiritual experiences I've had for some time. Prayer, protest, witness and celebration are often at their most meaningful in unfamiliar contexts.