Commentary by Symon Hill

  • May 13, 2011

    Earlier this week, the universities minister David Willetts rushed to deny suggestions that the government would allow elite universities to sell off super-expensive extra places to wealthy students. But the furore led to another proposal...

  • May 5, 2011

    The main arguments used by the 'No to AV' campaign are, if taken to their logical conclusion, arguments against democracy. Every one of their leading arguments could be used an argument against holding elections at all.

  • April 29, 2011

    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...

  • April 20, 2011

    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.

  • April 17, 2011

    Quakers take pride in the history of nineteenth-century Quaker employers, many known for their progressive thinking. Some have suggested that they can now be a model for us in developing a form of "ethical capitalism". But the most forward-...

  • April 13, 2011

    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...

  • April 5, 2011

    British Quakers have announced that they are calling for a boycott of goods from Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This is a brave decision, given the volume of abuse, hate mail and downright lies that faced the...

  • March 30, 2011

    Millions of people across north Africa and the Middle East have are demonstrating the power of active nonviolence. But British politicians and pundits seem to have learnt no lessons, falling in line behind the bombing of Libya as soon as Cameron...

  • March 30, 2011

    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...

  • March 8, 2011

    Defence Secretary Liam Fox is pushing through an Armed Forces Bill that will make no meaningful changes to the armed forces. Fox and his allies use gung-ho rhetoric about "supporting our boys" while neglecting the human rights of forces...

  • March 2, 2011

    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.

  • February 20, 2011

    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.

  • February 18, 2011

    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.

  • February 12, 2011

    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.

  • February 4, 2011

    Armed forces chaplains play a crucial role in providing pastoral support to people who face danger and death on a daily basis. But chaplains' independence is compromised by the fact that they are members of the forces themselves. Churches that...