The commentators 16-10-15
To those of us who think politics is fundamentally about winning power and governing, there are only two interesting political parties in Britain today. One is the Conservatives. The other is the Scottish National party. Both are winners. The others have gone awol. But the Tories and the SNP have another thing in common. They share a genuine capacity to demolish the political foundations of modern Britain: the Conservatives by bringing the country out of Europe, perhaps by accident; the SNP by breaking the country up, very deliberately
- Martin Kettle, The Guardian
The coming referendum on Britain’s place in Europe invites a choice between an unavoidably uncomfortable future and comforting nostalgia for a more predictable past. This collision of realism with emotion sets the quest for security and prosperity in a world that no longer belongs to the west against hankering for the days when Britain made the global rules
- Philip Stephens, Financial Times
David Cameron still envisages a British Bill of Rights. It would be an opportunity to enshrine Lord Denning’s definition of police independence, and stress the importance of the officers going wherever the evidence takes them – regardless of political or media pressure. The police’s self-confidence may be at a low after years of misjudgments, scandal and budget cuts. But its independence is something that none of us can afford to be without
- Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
Intelligence services need strict limits to be placed on their activities, but they will never be properly regulated if MPs are allowed to think that they are personally beyond MI5’s ears. From now on, they might take more interest in excesses of surveillance
- Ross Clark, The Times
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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