The commentators 27-08-15
...on Jeremy Corbyn
The Labour leadership frontrunner, Jeremy Corbyn, has been a long-term supporter of the Palestinian justice movement. He could not possibly have known the personal backgrounds of every individual who has joined him at the many rallies he has attended over the years. Some of these people were antisemitic. And while the vast majority of people involved in the movement are – like myself – driven by a passionate support for self-determination, there is a minority that indulges antisemitic tropes. These ideas have to be defeated
- Owen Jones, The Guardian
Even the practitioners of political euthanasia running Labour’s leadership election would have objected to new members registering from Gaza, Venezuela, or a posh address outside Moscow. But this week there can be no doubt whom the leaders of the world’s most unpleasant regimes would like as putative prime minister of this country: Jeremy Corbyn, who can see nothing right with America and nothing wrong with its foes
- Edward Lucas, Daily Telegraph
If Jeremy Corbyn is chosen as leader, it will indicate how far party support in the country will have moved away from anything to do with the party at Westminster. The latter will be seen as an Oxbridge clique of the sort that led Labour after 1945, but without the working-class leavening of figures who had advanced mostly through the trade unions. The Attlees, Daltons and Gaitksells were popularised by Bevins, Shinwells and Bevans. If Labour wants to progress it must find new leadership blood and open its primaries to all comers
- Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
Corbyn can apologise for the invasion of Iraq if he likes. But not in my name. Saddam Hussein’s regime was monstrous. In the 15 years before the 2003 invasion it killed up to half a million of its own citizens. After the failed 1991 uprising in the south, its agents poured petrol down the throats of rebels and set them alight. Back in Baghdad the Special Treatment Department was busy dismembering living prisoners with chainsaws, squeezing their skulls in metal vices until brain-matter oozed out, and making parents watch their flailing children disappear under swarms of wasps in confined spaces
- Nigel Biggar, The Times
To Jeremy Corbyn the biggest problem with immigration is that Britain does not have enough of it. Out of touch with mainstream opinion, he denounces every attempt, no matter how limited, to get a grip on the border crisis. His approach on immigration exudes the putrid stench of a catastrophically failed policy
- Leo McKinstry, Daily Express
The only reason this case from Shoeburyness reached the public consciousness was because someone mentioned age. That turns out to have been a side issue, and we shall probably never know the full story. That may be right and proper, a family's private traumas should not be aired for public entertainment.
But if women are being coerced into signing away the right to look after their children when they are not mentally fit, in order that councils can meet adoption targets - as the grandparents' lawyer and MPs suggest - then we need to know.
The journalists covering this story have fallen for the clickbait angle and missed the real issue.
Editor's blog: Grandparents' tale of woe
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