Commentary by Symon Hill

  • October 15, 2009

    The government's initiative for the "white working class" uses a loaded phrase and deflects attention from the real division in British society - between the very rich and the rest of us.

  • October 9, 2009

    Not for the first time, the Daily Mail has got rather confused about Christian values.

  • October 6, 2009

    There are some politicians who, if given a choice between attacking powerful people and attacking vulnerable people, find it much easier to choose the latter.

  • October 1, 2009

    The news that BAE will be prosecuted shouldn't be such a surprise. In a fair world, it would be normal. But fairness is not a quality that has ever applied to BAE, a company that has spent years using its influence to avoid facing justice.

  • September 21, 2009

    The Liberal Democrats have called for a small extra tax on very expensive houses and the response has been sadly predictable.

  • September 12, 2009

    The American satirist Tom Lehrer said that satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was given the Nobel Peace Prize “for bombing Cambodia”.

  • August 28, 2009

    Having been a big fan of the Greenbelt festival for years, I'm delighted to be speaking there for the first time at 2.00pm this Saturday.

  • August 7, 2009

    Believers in the sanctity of life might be somewhat confused by the Church of England's latest communications update.

  • July 31, 2009

    The Quakers have become the first major denomination in Britain to endorse same-sex marriage, putting themselves in conflict with the law. Their example is an inspiration to people in other denominations struggling for equality.

  • July 24, 2009

    As a pacifist, I'm very used to being asked “What would you have done about Hitler?”. Some people who ask this are just using the easiest anti-pacifist argument that comes to mind.

  • July 21, 2009

    If there's anything more disheartening than this week's report on social mobility, it's the government's response to it. Their timid proposals for higher education are unlikely to do anything to challenge the way that the education system...

  • July 10, 2009

    Twelve years ago, I raised my hand in a church meeting to give my approval to a vote opposing the ordination of “practising homosexuals” as ministers.

  • July 2, 2009

    I have always been cautious about campaigns that make use of the legal system to promote social justice.

  • June 27, 2009

    Today is the UK's first Armed Forces Day. It is a thinly veiled attempt to deflect scrutiny of politicians who have made disastrous decisions about war, says Symon Hill. But sentiment is no substitute for accountability.

  • June 19, 2009

    When I was press officer for the University of London Union (ULU), I was frequently phoned by journalists writing articles based on the question “Is student activism dead?”.

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