The commentators 21-08-15
Why should we have a housing policy that discriminates in favour of bumpkins wanting to stay in their native villages yet does nothing for urban people similarly priced out of their neighbourhoods? There has never been a hint of sympathy from the chancellor for people priced out of London’s gentrified districts. On the contrary, his housing benefit reforms shamelessly promote socio-economic cleansing. His attitude has always been that if you can’t afford Chelsea you should go and live in Barking
- Ross Clark, The Times
The electoral system that was forged – and forged is the appropriate word – under Ed Miliband was a classic piece of chateau generalship. No one around the last Labour leader, and certainly not Miliband himself, seemed to give serious thought to how their new electoral system would work in practice. What mattered to them was closing down a row that Miliband had picked with the unions. As a result, when Miliband walked away in May, he left Labour going to sea in an electoral system that leaked like a sieve
- Martin Kettle, The Guardian
Of all Mr Jeremy Corbyn’s crackpot policies, “People’s QE” is by far the most dangerous, for if implemented unchecked it would almost inevitably lead to a collapse in the currency and eventually the kind of hyper-inflation that engulfed Weimar Germany. More recent examples include such notable paragons of economic success as Zimbabwe and Argentina
- Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph
As soon as the new Labour party leader is announced, the Conservatives will unleash political blitzkrieg, an attempt to deliver an early knockout blow to Ed Miliband’s successor – whoever it is – by questioning their economic competence. Corbyn needs to be ready for this, because unless the details of his economic policy stack up, he won’t get a hearing for his big-picture analysis
- Larry Elliiott, The Guardian
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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