Symon Hill's blog

Opponents of equal marriage resort to repugnant tactics

Opponents of equal marriage resort to repugnant tactics

It must be unusual to find that somebody objects so much to your wedding that he has travelled half way around the world to do a series of media interviews criticising it. All the more so if you don't know him and possibly have never heard of him.

The faith of Tony Benn

The faith of Tony Benn

When my radio alarm clock woke me yesterday morning, I was unsurprised but deeply saddened to hear of the death of Tony Benn.

Why is a Christian school promoting an arms company?

Why is a Christian school promoting an arms company?

The arms company BAE Systems, along with the Royal Air Force, has run a 'science roadshow' for pupils at a Christian school in central London. The school is a few minutes' walk from where I live.

British racist group backed by Egyptian embassy official

British racist group backed by Egyptian embassy official

A press officer at the Egyptian embassy in London has tweeted – with approval – a link to the website of Britain First, a violent, racist group that split from the British National Party (BNP).

Resist Atos - national day of demonstrations

Resist Atos - national day of demonstrations

At the Conservative Party conference in 2011, David Cameron told a lie in his speech. This is not a claim I make lightly.

If we stopped one arms deal, it was worth it

If we stopped one arms deal, it was worth it

“Superglue protesters avoid jail” declared a headline on ITN this week. As one of the protesters in question, I’m pleased to report that we didn’t only avoid jail. We were acquitted.

Not Guilty: Waiting for my trial next week

Not Guilty: Waiting for my trial next week

There are many things I have done in my life of which I am ashamed. I am guilty of failing to love my neighbour on numerous occasions. There are many sins for which I seek forgiveness from God and others.

Bad arguments in favour of war (Number One): The hypothetical murderer

Bad arguments in favour of war (Number One): The hypothetical murderer

The more I read about the history of World War One, the more I understand how we repeat our mistakes. Nearly every war is justified with claims that the situation is unique. Every time, the arguments made in favour of war are depressingly familiar.

If you think UKIP's members are extreme, read its official policies

If you think UKIP's members are extreme, read its official policies

Nigel Farage has thrown out the latest UKIP member to provoke controversy through bigoted opinions. Farage says he wants to get rid of candidates with "extremist, barmy or nasty" views. But it is not individual candidates who are the problem. UKIP's official policies are extremely nasty, based as they are on an ultra-Thatcherite free-market extremism.

UKIP, homophobia and the real sin behind the floods

UKIP, homophobia and the real sin behind the floods

UKIP councillor David Silvester believes that Britain’s recent floods are the results of sin. You may be surprised to learn that I agree with him. There the agreement ends, for we have very different ideas about what the sin is and how it has affected the weather.