The commentators 02-06-15
...on British politics
By conceding that taxes are a menace that should only sting a few, Labour has become a giant intellectual compliment to the Conservative party. Excepting a war or some other national emergency, not even Andy Burnham, the leftist candidate for the party crown, would argue for higher taxes on the broad British middle. Most of us are delighted about this, but it is a sensational development that has passed largely without fanfare or study. One of our great political parties has quietly given up on that which used to define it.
- Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
Those of us who want the UK to remain in the EU have absolutely no cause for complacency. Referendums in this country do not go to plan. Scotland last year is the most vivid example, but so is the almost forgotten referendum on electoral reform. That campaign on changing the voting system should have been easily winnable in our anti-politics era.
- Steve Richards, Independent
"They abolished the Human Rights Act” sounds like the first sentence of an Aldous Huxley novel. The Conservatives actually campaigned on a manifesto pledge to get rid of human rights and people voted for it. As electoral choices go, it’s not far off choosing to be ruled by a dry, whispering voice taunting you from an antique mirror.
- Frankie Boyle, The Guardian
History is written by the victors but in Scotland, the future is being shaped by the vanquished, playing on a sense of grievance about the referendum result. There is every chance that the same thing could happen after the EU vote. Winning may not be enough — how victory is secured matters just as much.
- Rachel Sylvester, The Times
If you support decent public services, you have to support those strikers in Barnet foregoing pay. And if you want to live in a country run as a democracy, with all its flaws and failings – rather than by big companies answerable to hardly anyone – their cause is yours.
- Aditya Charkabortty, The Guardian
Politicians have decided that they don't need us any more. They are connecting directly with the voters.
Comment archive, 2015
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