The commentators 05-08-15
...on the Labour leadership
Watching Jeremy Corbyn I was reminded of those times I’ve seen Nigel Farage. Not because they are in any way alike politically. But because strip away the aura – an aura that they themselves have not actually generated, but that has been projected onto them by others – and there is nothing there. Nothing except the sort of meaningless slogans and sound-bites and homilies that were they produced by a mainstream politician would invite ridicule and contempt.
Jeremy Corbyn is just another false prophet. And that’s not a criticism of him, because he has never presented himself as a prophet, sincere or otherwise. He was standing on that stage simply because it was his turn. His turn to bring
H-O-P-E to the masses
- Dan Hodges, Daily Telegraph
Only Yvette Cooper, above, can unite the party to win again. Those members who can’t give her their first preference should give her their second. After over a century of male leaders we have an election where the most qualified candidate to lead our party back to government happens to be a woman. Let’s end the madness and elect her
- Alan Johnson, The Guardian
Should Jeremy Corbyn become leader, which remains far from certain, he may prove inadequate or dangerous. He may, on the other hand, fulfil the expectations of the Tory grandee Ken Clarke, who thinks he could win an election. Either way, time is growing short for Labour centrists to realise that they, not Mr Corbyn, are the problem in an age when voters crave leaders who “speak human”. Though Ed Miliband never mastered this political Esperanto, he did dabble briefly in Aristotle’s politics of virtue, under which politicians inspire a more ethical public realm
- Mary Riddell, Daily Telegraph
Two months ago, the Socialist 1980s throwback Jeremy Corbyn was of interest only to readers of the Communist Morning Star. Yet such is the momentum behind this fanatical class warrior that, on Monday in London, he addressed a cheering throng of supporters in the street on top of a fire engine, because there was no room in the hall he had booked.
Meanwhile, the only two candidates with a chance of stopping the terrifying Corbyn bandwagon – Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper – have decided now is a good time to go on holiday!
Such insouciance would be laughable if there were not so much at stake
- Daily Mail
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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