The commentators 14-08-15
...on the Labour leadership
The purpose of politics is the expansion of liberty and the equal power to live a life of your own devising. Not everyone who believes, as I do, that Liz Kendall, above, is the only candidate telling Labour the truth, will agree with every item in my personal manifesto. No doubt I would yield to wiser counsel on parts of it. But this, my dear Corbynite, this is what I believe. Here is the case, not for victory, but for change
- Philip Collins, The Times
Yvette Cooper knows this is probably her last opportunity to lead her party. And she knows a lot of what she said yesterday is not what many people in that party want to hear. But she said it anyway. That was brave. More significantly, it was the act of a leader
- Dan Hodges, Daily Telegraph
It’s easy to see why those in charge of the Labour Party are so depressed. They must sit in their office crying: “Hundreds of thousands of people want to join us. It’s a disaster. And loads of them are young, and full of energy, and they’re really enthusiastic. Oh my God, why has it all gone so miserably wrong?”
- Mark Steel, The Independent
As he defies decades of history — from the collapse of the Berlin Wall to the rise of a global economy and the financial crash — Mr Corbyn has as much in common with the shallow populism of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump as he does with Syriza and Podemos. But in one regard the Corbyn campaign has been more adept and modern than that of any recent Labour politician: he seems genuinely to want people to engage with politics again
- Tom Baldwin, Financial Times
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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