The commentators 09-10-15
Senior figures in the party, such as Neil Kinnock, connived in the illusion that Labour could be more nearly itself and win. It is a fallacy. George Osborne showed he knows it this week and so did David Cameron. Mr Corbyn calls to mind La Rochefoucauld’s maxim about the popular song that we only sing for a short time. Whatever comes next, whenever it comes, Labour needs to arraign the guilty men and remember what they did. The gap in quality between Tory and Labour has never been so wide, never been so embarrassing
- Philip Collins, The Times
In the real world a critical mass of people perceive politics as a choice between a left – whether New Labour-ish or Corbynite – which seems arrogant devoid of any notion of belonging, and estranged from the daily grind, and a right that, for all its faults, has a hard-headed grasp of reality, a clear patriotism, and an understanding of the speed at which the world is changing. As happened in the 1980s, the latter crushes the former, with ease
- John Harris, The Guardian
There is much that could go wrong for the Conservative Party. The Syria conflict could turn into World War III, tax credit reforms could become his poll tax or his whole government could explode in a scandal involving pigs’ heads. But for the first time since he became Tory leader, it can now be said that David Cameron has a clear, credible and explicable personal agenda. All he has to do is follow it
- Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
Tom Watson is the parliamentary incarnation of that snarling, spitting mob outside the Manchester conference centre this week screaming ‘Tory scum’ at anyone and everyone in the vicinity. Yet this is the man who is now Labour’s deputy leader, who will supposedly ‘moderate’ the Trotskyite tendencies of Jeremy Corbyn — which tells you all you need to know about the delusion of the modern Labour Party
- Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail
Corbyn needs to get to grips with the mainstream media. Shunning Andrew Marr and the Sun is not a strategy that will lead to electoral success.
But the Press, too, must rethink. If people are offended by Corbyn's singalong choices or dress sense, it is fair that they are reported. If his oratory leaves something to be desired, it is fair that that, too, is commented upon. But let's get this into perspective. Those are side issues; the first job of the Press is to report the news, so when a new leader makes his first important setpiece speech, it would be good if newspapers told us what he said rather than what they thought
- Editor's blog: All singing from the wrong hymn sheet
Comment Awards, 2015
Thursday 17 September, 2015 The Financial Times and The Times again lead the way in this year's ei Comment Awards, with eleven nominations apiece in the shortlists announced today.
Sathnam Sanghera is responsible for four of those Times nominations - featuring in the media commentator, diversity, technology and individual comment piece categories.
Freelance Yomi Adegoke who founded Birthday Magazine for black teenage girls, is among four writers shortlisted in two categories - in her case young commentariat and media commentator.
George Monbiot of the Guardian completes the media line-up and is also nominated as science commentator and Gillian Tett of the FT is listed in both business and economics.
Her colleague Janan Ganesh is shortlisted for political commentator and the big prize - commentariat of the year, where he is up against the two most recent winners David Aaronovitch (also nominated for comment piece of the year) and Caitlin Moran.
SubScribe is honoured and surprised to find a place on the individual blogger shortlist, and fully expects to come third behind Barrister Blogger Matthew Scott and Stuart Forster of Go-eat-Do.
You can see all the shortlists here.
Comment archive, 2015
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