The commentators 12-11-15
It is important to remember that the Tories won the general election thanks to their brilliant strategist Lynton Crosby (pictured), who focused on the SNP’s threat to England and decapitating Lib Dems; they also had a terrible opponent in Ed Miliband. This time around, Crosby isn’t taking sides and the Outers have the best campaigners. None of this may be quite enough to deliver victory to the Eurosceptics, who still desperately need the backing of heavyweight figures from across the political spectrum. But it does guarantee that this is going to be a very, very close race
- Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph
It wasn’t a secret that David Cameron secretly wants Britain to stay in the European Union, and it is even less of a secret now. What is significant, though, is that the dogs didn’t bark – although they did growl a bit. The Conservative wolf-pack doesn’t like the EU much (that’s not a secret either), but it is still being coaxed into putting up with it. At some point, there will come a breach
- John Rentoul, The Independent
What David Cameron has realised is that most people essentially just want an excuse for voting for the status quo. They know it’s dull and that the antis have more rhetorical force, but in the absence of a clear, convincing and positive picture of what the Out future would look like, they will be inclined — as the Scots were last September — to stay in. Just give them a reason
- David Aaronovitch, The Times
Cameron has sold the pass on immigration. The man who solemnly promised it would be reduced to the ‘tens of thousands’ has just guaranteed it will remain in the hundreds of thousands, and very probably rise still further. Many have noted the limpness of the four requests finally unveiled by the Prime Minister on Tuesday, which he wants addressed by our European partners in order for him to recommend to voters that we stay in the EU
- Stephen Glover, 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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Lords v Commons
Xi Jinping visit
Xi Jinping's visit
Virginia TV shootings
Boris Johnson, Greece
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