The commentators 10-12-15
...on Donald Trump
It is vital to detoxify the fight against extremist Islamism; it is one of the central problems of our time and requires calm and rational analysis. Yet for too long political correctness allowed the bien pensant establishment to turn a blind eye to radicalisation. Anybody who worried about hate preachers or the fact that some young people were being brainwashed was denounced as a racist or Islamophobe. Trump’s stupidity, his inexcusable inability to distinguish between Muslims (who make up 22 per cent of the world’s population) and radical Islamists (a tiny fraction whose main victims are ordinary Muslims in the Middle East), will allow some useful idiots in the West to revert to type, crying foul at every possible opportunity and making it harder to keep up the struggle against genuine terrorists
- Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph
When Donald Trump, and his apologist Ted Cruz, give the impression that Islam is a problem, America’s extraordinary success in integrating Muslims over the decades is imperilled. That, not the Republican party’s flirting with electoral disaster, is why we should all worry about Trump and Cruz
- Tim Montgomerie, The Times
Where was he in the 90s, when the streets of Camden Town filled with the poisonous fumes of hippies trying with incense and bric-a-brac to undermine the market logic that keeps us safe? Or the noughties, when the creed of food fetishism hit Borough, bringing with it pork pies that cost as much as a pig, fruits we couldn’t name, herbs bearing the names of the people who found them? These formed a gateway to a London that would one day produce a cereal cafe, and the civil unrest that went with it – undermining the fabric of a society in which Ritz crackers were served at parties, and people liked them. Where was Donald Trump then? Never mind. He’s here now
- Zoe Williams, The Guardian
There was a scintilla of good sense in Trump's sweeping remarks. Of course, he is given to exaggeration and a rather breezy attitude to facts. But the fear that large numbers of Muslim migrants might contain a few actual or prospective terrorists is not far-fetched
- Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
Only a few years ago, the puff would have been chucked out the moment the scale of a story like this became apparent, partly as a matter of taste and partly to maximise the potential for display and give the story room to breathe.
Last night only the Telegraph dispensed with the blurb - and that decision may have been influenced by the oversized ad at the foot of the page. The Times had signed up Bake-Off's Nadiya and wasn't about to surrender a millimetre of her promo. The Guardian was similarly wedded to its taste of autumn and the Mail to its Lego toy... but journalism was still the winner
How the papers covered the Paris attacks
Comment Awards, 2015
Teenage ebola diarist honoured
Tuesday 24 November, 2015
A 13-year-old girl whose diary of life during the ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone made the Observer splash became the youngest winner at the EI Comment Awards in London today.
Bintu Sannoh was named young commentariat of the year for this piece about the crisis and two further articles about the stigma and poverty and hunger that came in the wake of the disease. Six months later she was able to return to school - but she writes about how everything had changed, with only a third of pupils having survived.
Janan Ganesh emerged the sole double winner of the morning as the Financial Times took pride of place at the ceremony at the RIBA headquarters. He won the top accolade of commentariat of the year, having earlier been named political commentator of 2015.
His paper won the award for the best comment pages, Gillian Tett was business commentator and Michael Skapinker won the new prize for business ethics commentary.
The Times also claimed a clutch of prizes: David Aaronovitch was honoured for comment piece of the year for this article after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Jenni Russell won the new diversity award, Hugo Rifkind was arts and culture commentator and Sathnam Sanghera media commentator (in succession to SubScribe).
Other winners included Simon Jenkins, Gary Younge and Cory Doctorow of the Guardian, Allister Heath of the Telegraph, Channel 4, and the science writer Philip Ball.
The chairman's award went to Andrew Rawnsley, of the Observer, while the Sun punctured the domination of the broadsheets (even if few of them are physically broadsheets these days) by winning the eiDigest special award for its leader column.
SubScribe was honoured and surprised to find a place on the individual blogger shortlist, but delighted to see the award go to Matthew Scott, whose excellent Barrister Blogger can be seen here
You can see all the winners here and the full shortlists here.
Comment archive, 2015
Labour and Syria
Russia in Syria
Strategic defence review
Britain and Europe
Sinai jet crash
Lords v Commons
Xi Jinping visit
Xi Jinping's visit
Virginia TV shootings
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