The commentators 08-10-15
...on David Cameron's speech
David Cameron’s decision to devote large sections of his speech to prison reform, equality, housebuilding, children in care, community cohesion and racial discrimination was at least as important for the direction of British politics as Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader. The prime minister has yet to turn rhetoric into reality but Tim Farron, the new Liberal Democrat leader, and moderate Labour MPs should be terrified if he succeeds
- Tim Montgomerie, The Times
David Cameron has just become the leader of the British Left. Yes, there are a few hardened activists still hanging around, muttering to themselves and singing the occasional revolutionary song. But the Labour Party is now to David Cameron’s Conservative Party what George Galloway’s Respect or Dave Nellist’s Trade Union and Socialist Coalition once was to Labour. The subject of some mild curiosity. An occasional annoyance. But nothing more
- Dan Hodges, Daily Telegraph
Power never works to rule. No leader should ever volunteer his or her termination in office. From the moment last summer that David Cameron announced he would resign before 2020, energy drained from his office. The Geiger counter over Downing Street fell silent. It crackled instead over George Osborne, Theresa May and Boris Johnson. One of them is the future for every Tory in the land. Cameron’s “resignation” has turned his second term into one long hustings. It was a terrible mistake. The leader’s conference speech in Manchester was a classic
- Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
The true legislative agenda – and the in-government track record – is protected behind smoke and mirrors. Labour is pushed into a corner. And Conference's conscience is absolved by the soft, centrist, hug-a-gay-British-muslim words of their front man. The Prime Minister would have us believe the future is a great British take-off. Others may fear his rhetorical stroll in the centre ground is nothing but One Nation Misdirection
- Dominic Minghella, The Independent
Where once Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson were the sultans of spin, David Cameron and George Osborne have now seized their crowns. At the Conservative conference in Manchester – a city that boasts not a single Tory MP or councillor – the prime minister and chancellor spun themselves into the political stratosphere
- Seumas Milne, The Guardian
Corbyn needs to get to grips with the mainstream media. Shunning Andrew Marr and the Sun is not a strategy that will lead to electoral success.
But the Press, too, must rethink. If people are offended by Corbyn's singalong choices or dress sense, it is fair that they are reported. If his oratory leaves something to be desired, it is fair that that, too, is commented upon. But let's get this into perspective. Those are side issues; the first job of the Press is to report the news, so when a new leader makes his first important setpiece speech, it would be good if newspapers told us what he said rather than what they thought
- Editor's blog: All singing from the wrong hymn sheet
Comment Awards, 2015
Thursday 17 September, 2015 The Financial Times and The Times again lead the way in this year's ei Comment Awards, with eleven nominations apiece in the shortlists announced today.
Sathnam Sanghera is responsible for four of those Times nominations - featuring in the media commentator, diversity, technology and individual comment piece categories.
Freelance Yomi Adegoke who founded Birthday Magazine for black teenage girls, is among four writers shortlisted in two categories - in her case young commentariat and media commentator.
George Monbiot of the Guardian completes the media line-up and is also nominated as science commentator and Gillian Tett of the FT is listed in both business and economics.
Her colleague Janan Ganesh is shortlisted for political commentator and the big prize - commentariat of the year, where he is up against the two most recent winners David Aaronovitch (also nominated for comment piece of the year) and Caitlin Moran.
SubScribe is honoured and surprised to find a place on the individual blogger shortlist, and fully expects to come third behind Barrister Blogger Matthew Scott and Stuart Forster of Go-eat-Do.
You can see all the shortlists here.
Comment archive, 2015
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