Commentary by Symon Hill

  • May 4, 2010

    Philip Lardner, Tory candidate for Ayrshire North and Aaron, recently argued that homosexuality is not “normal”. David Cameron immediately announced that he would be removed as a Conservative candidate.

  • April 30, 2010

    This week it was revealed that the Christian Party's candidate for Croydon Central, James Gitau, was a member of the far-right British National Party

  • April 27, 2010

    I'm currently waiting to hear from all six candidates in my constituency about a topic that much of the media have ignored during the election campaign - the government's subservience to the arms industry.

  • April 25, 2010

    The front pages of two of today's newspapers say a great deal about the skewed priorities that are continuing to shape the general election campaign.

  • April 23, 2010

    David Cameron claims that the apparently homophobic remarks of two of his front bench team do not represent the Conservative Party's real attitudes to same-sex relationships. But his comments about “families” in yesterday's Leaders' Debate...

  • April 22, 2010

    As the Tory and Labour leaders prepare nervously for the second round of head-to-head combat tonight, there can be little doubt that they both plan to take advantage of the foreign policy focus of the debate by attacking the Liberal Democrats’...

  • April 22, 2010
  • April 18, 2010

    “Cleggmania” is the dominant theme in the Sunday papers. “Nick Clegg almost as popular as Churchill” declares the front page of the Sunday Telegraph. The Mail on Sunday proclaims "LibDems in front for the first time in 104...

  • April 18, 2010

    The English Democrats' candidate in Chippenham, Jon Maguire, has claimed that to vote for his party is to vote “with God”.

  • April 17, 2010

    The Tory Shadow Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, has today attacked Nick Clegg's criticism of the Trident nuclear weapons system, insisting that Trident renewal is necessary because the country faces “real threats”. He is right that Britain faces...

  • April 15, 2010

    While David Cameron rushes through the glitzy world of manifesto launches and pre-election speeches, he may be thankful that there have been few questions about his party's strategy in Northern Ireland. Yet a dispute over who's backing whom in...

  • April 14, 2010

    Any remaining doubts I had about the nature of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) were dispelled today when they published their general election manifesto.

  • April 12, 2010

    A politician who is female, young and Muslim may be a rare sight. Indeed, up until now it's been a non-existent sight within the House of Commons.

    This may be about to change, as the Muslim peace activist...

  • April 10, 2010

    The first week of the Conservative Party's election campaign has reminded me of the series of books entitled Where's Wally?, in which readers are challenged to search for a glimpse of an individual who has been made almost invisible....

  • April 3, 2010

    In the current debates over House of Lords reform, there is one factor that the media seem to have overlooked. It's a factor that makes this year a particular suitable one for finally replacing...