The commentators 17-06-15
...on UK politics
Nobody has the right to mass in their thousands throwing bricks and trying to bring down a freely-elected government. And we are lucky that it was stopped. In calling for their Orgreave inquiry Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham demonstrate that while saying they have learnt the lessons of 2015, they are still struggling with ones from 1984.
- Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
In the opening weeks of this parliament George Osborne is the dominant figure, as he was in 2010. Again he seeks to define the political and economic terms of the national debate immediately, planning how to win the next election within weeks of the last. Personally the stakes are even higher now. In 2020 he may be prime minister. There is heightened interest in tomorrow’s Prime Minister’s Questions when he stands in for David Cameron. Is this a sign of things to come?
- Steve Richards, 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
When the prime minister does appear in parliament he radiates disdain for the opposition. He fears none of the candidates standing for the Labour leadership and will not fight an election against the winner. His worries are European diplomacy and Tory unity. The MPs who can harm him sit on the government benches.
- Rafael Behr, The Guardian
Scottish National Party
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