The commentators 15-06-15
As nominations in the leadership race close today Her Majesty’s opposition needs a mechanism to revisit the danger of rushed conclusions. As Frank Field and other Labour MPs have recommended, removing a leader needs to be a lot easier. As in many things, Labour needs to adopt the Tory approach and allow a no-confidence vote if, say, 30 anonymous Labour MPs trigger one.
- Tim Montgomerie, The Times
The overall impression is of a strong Tory intake and an uninspiring Labour one. First speeches may be a misleading leading indicator, but Labour’s long-term prospects look bad. Already it is hard to contradict the “golden-agers” who say that the narrow homogeneity of the field for the Labour leadership election compares badly with the giants of the past.
- John Rentoul, The Independent
Comment Awards 2015
Anyone can nominate their favourite writer
Friday 12 June, 2015 Are the comment pages and columnists too Londoncentric? And if they are, what is the solution when the financial and political powerhouses are based in the capital?
Does the character or personality of the writer matter? Should we read columnists with whom we violently disagree or is it, as Eleanor Mills suggested, good for the soul but bad for the blood pressure?
Why did the so-called political experts get it so wrong in calling the general election? And will they - and Rupert Murdoch - influence the result of the EU referendum?
All these points and more were addressed under the guidance of Dr Anthony Seldon at the launch of the 2015 Comment Awards last night. Seldon will chair the judging panel for the awards, now in their seventh year.
Nominations are now open and anyone can put forward anyone writing in the UK media - broadcasting, print or online - by submitting the URLS of three articles published between August 1, 2014 and July 31 this year, which is the closing date for entries.
The 17 awards include four new categories: Comment piece of the year for a single piece of excellent writing; Young commentariat; Society and diversity commentator; and Technology and digital commentator.
There is no charge for entries. Details and the nomination forms can be found here.
Oh yes, and who was the most frequently mentioned columnist at last night's event? Matthew Parris? Andrew Rawnsley? Stephen Glover? No. By a country mile, the most discussed writer was Katie Hopkins.
Comment archive, 2015
David Cameron has already grasped that freedom from Nick Clegg does not mean freedom to do as he pleases. But he also knows that the immediate aftermath of an election victory, even by a slender majority, is the closest a prime minister gets to the latitude he craves.
- Matthew d'Ancona, The Guardian
Scottish National Party
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