The commentators 17-08-15
...on the Labour leadership
The people of Scotland heeded Gordon’s last-minute call to vote “No” in last year’s referendum. His intervention was decisive in holding the UK together.
I fear his magic touch will be hard put to work this time round, as the Corbyn bandwagon runs pell-mell to the finishing line, despite not having wheels.
This is almost a rerun of the referendum campaign: nobody wants to hear the boring facts. The Jerrymiahs are on a political high – legal, potent but ultimately self-destructive
- Paul Routledge, Daily Mirror
Corbyn doesn’t have to be right about everything; he doesn’t have to be certain, and fully costed about everything; he doesn’t even have to be responsive and listening to everything. This political moment is about breaking open the doors and letting the 21st century in. We have been labouring since the financial crash under political verities based on economic principles that not even economists will vouch for any more
- Zoe Williams, The Guardian
As the forces of darkness turn on Jeremy Corbyn, the leadership contest continues its descent into a passion play. Yesterday, Gordon Brown dealt a fresh blow to the next likely leader of the party – though he did not have the guts even to name his adversary. Fair enough. That’s politics. But the accusation of anti-Semitism is not. The other contenders so detest the left-winger that they allow this stain to spread. This is how low Labour has sunk - Yasmin Alibhai Brown, The Independent
It can only be viewed as utter madness for the Labour party to choose to be led by a man who makes Ed Miliband look like a political titan. It’s a form of mass political suicide. But that does have its upside. With Mr Corbyn in charge, the loony Left will finally run out of excuses.
- Stephen Pollard, Daily Express
Gordon Brown has spoken. Will it change the dynamics of the Labour leadership campaign? No. It was too little, too late. Only one former leader has the ability to transform the Labour leadership race — and that is Ed Miliband.
He was given the freedom to run the Labour party in his own way with no distracting disunity. The party lost, suffering one of the worst defeats in its history and Miliband should have given his account of why that happened and what it meant for Labour and progressive politics. He didn't
It is never too late to bring a party to its senses and Ed Miliband must now play his part
- John McTernan, The 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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