Commentary by Symon Hill

  • March 13, 2014

    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.

  • February 23, 2014

    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).

  • February 18, 2014

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

  • February 8, 2014

    “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.

  • January 29, 2014

    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.

  • January 26, 2014

    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...

  • January 21, 2014

    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....

  • January 21, 2014

    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...

  • January 16, 2014

    My radio alarm clock woke me this morning with the news that the USA’s former defence secretary, Robert Gates, has criticised the cuts that are being made to military spending in the UK.

  • January 10, 2014

    This morning, I received an email from a polite and friendly public relations manager at the Royal Mint. This follows my petition calling on the Mint to withdraw a £2 commemorative coin featuring Horatio Kitchener and his recruitment slogan “Your...

  • January 1, 2014

    The Royal Mint have revealed the design of a special £2 coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war (see http...

  • December 29, 2013

    When I became a Christian, I read daily (or almost daily) Bible reading notes, each exploring a particular Bible passage. They were helpful, at least in terms of assisting me to be disciplined about reading the Bible. They were less helpful in...

  • December 25, 2013

    Last night and today, 24 and 25 December, millions of people will gather in churches to tell each other a truly subversive story.

  • December 24, 2013

    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...

  • December 21, 2013

    Christmas, when people who rarely enter a church often pay their annual visit, could be a time to challenge perceptions of Christianity. Unfortunately, says Symon Hill, we seem to respond to their arrival by singing some of the most badly written...

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