The commentators 18-08-15
...on the Labour leadership
The Tories prosper because they have David Cameron and Labour has had no serviceable leader since Tony Blair. In the breeziness with which Tories debate his replacement, and the fatalism with which Labour discuss the future, it is clear both sides underrate Mr Cameron. His successor may be better than whomever Labour, a party committed to punching itself in the face, offers up in 2020. But it is not certain, and no other variable matters as much
- Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
While Jeremy Corbyn might be 90 per cent bonkers, his opponents should remember that being retro is not a sin. Not, at least, to large swaths of the British electorate — who believe that while the past is a different country, sometimes they did things better there
Clare Foges, The TImes
The leadership election is about the country and not just the Labour party. It is in the interplay of the values, instincts and ideas articulated by Liz Kendall, above, and her supporters in her campaign, and in Yvette Cooper’s speech, that Labour will ever return to government and improve the country. That is why I shall be casting my first and second preferences for them this week. The choice is not reform or radicalism. It is reform or Conservatism
- David Miliband, The Guardian
Burnham, Cooper and Kendall ought to be asking if it is wise to elect a leader whose economics is stuck in the 1980s and who has no experience of high office. They should ask if the Opposition should be led by a man accused of consorting with anti-Semites, of expressing sympathy for Irish terrorists or lavishing praise on communist dictators. Instead, the Right has confirmed the Left's suspicions about its motives by banging on about electability and opinion polls. They deserve their fate, even if Labour's constituency of the poor and the desperate does not
- Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph
Cameron has more space on the stage than he had dared to hope for before the election. But that stage is still littered with daunting obstacles. There is trouble ahead, and not just for Labour
- Steve Richards, The Independent
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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