Symon Hill's blog

Alcohol and Islamophobia

Alcohol and Islamophobia

As a teetotal Christian, I would not want to sell alcohol. If I worked at Marks & Spencer, and had politely asked a customer to pay another member of staff for her champagne, I doubt that it would have led to a national media story. Marks & Spencer’s policy on this issue has hit the headlines because of a staff member who made such a request – and who is a Muslim. This conveniently suits the agenda of the right-wing media, obsessed as they are with portraying Muslims as weird.

Anti-Roma prejudice and an unlikely prediction

Anti-Roma prejudice and an unlikely prediction

Come January, the right-wing media in the UK might have some explaining to do. The Daily Mail (and their friends in UKIP and the Conservative right) have been telling us that Britain will be flooded by immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria, as the last restrictions on their immigration to the UK are lifted.

How is the Sun more progressive than the Independent?

How is the Sun more progressive than the Independent?

Today (3 December 2013) is the first day on which I’ve been grateful that the Sun newspaper has far more readers than the Independent .

Co-ops, cocaine and Christianity

As chairman of the Co-operative Bank, Paul Flowers shared responsibility for the decisions that led to a situation in which most of the bank is to be bought up by hedge funds. Last week, Paul Flowers was filmed buying cocaine. Bafflingly, many people seem to regard the second offence as worse than the first one.

Social mobility: Cameron is ignoring Major, not listening to him

Social mobility: Cameron is ignoring Major, not listening to him

David Cameron has today (14 November 2013) declared that lack of social mobility is a problem. He was responding to comments by his predecessor John Major, but he ignored the main point that Major seemed to be making – the power of private schools.

Add to the pressure for the Living Wage

Add to the pressure for the Living Wage

UK ministers and their allies are fond of talking about the need to reduce the welfare bill. They give the impression that the welfare bill goes to feckless scroungers, but almost never mention any statistics about who is actually claiming the money.

Arms fair court case: Moved to tears by support

Arms fair court case: Moved to tears by support

Last week, I appeared in court – alongside Chris Wood, Dan Woodhouse, Chloe Skinner and James Clayton – charged under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. We had knelt in prayer in one of the entrances to the London arms fair on 10th September.

Sorry for the silence (busy fighting the arms trade)

Sorry for the silence (busy fighting the arms trade)

If you’re one of the few people who keeps a regular eye on my blog (and if so, you’re much appreciated!), you’ll have noticed that I haven’t posted anything here for several weeks.

New war, old story

There are people who could be very confused by the UK government's support for human rights in Syria.

Justice and revolution at Greenbelt

Justice and revolution at Greenbelt

I am already enjoying the Greenbelt festival in Cheltenham, which began yesterday afternoon.