The commentators 12-10-15
...on the EU referendum
It is true that a newly independent Britain would have to renegotiate trade deals. But to become a normal, self-governing state once more would be a leap into the known. The world is full of such states, some of which – such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand – work very well and are close to our own traditions. Staying in the EU, on the other hand, is a voyage, though not a leap, into the unknown. That is why it has changed its name from time to time. It is a developing process, and no one knows its destination
- Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
The launch of the two campaigns in recent days effectively recognises that the renegotiation will make little difference and that the referendum will in practice be a plebiscite on the unsatisfactory status quo. That surely means advantage Out
- Matt Ridley, The Times
Progressives everywhere have to make the case for European union as the natural vehicle of solidarity, the best chance we have for a collective, optimistic, confident response to low wages, insecurity and corporate rapacity. The stakes could not be higher: an in campaign that articulated courageously what we want Europe to look like would also distil what we want citizenship, society, work and life to look like. Strength and safety are all very well, but we need some dreams of our own
- Zoe Williams, 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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