The commentators 30-10-15
The Prime Minister will, by now, have much cause to regret his Big Society agenda: it has brought him mockery, food banks (which turned on him during the election campaign) and now the Kids Company debacle. Plenty of lessons can be learnt: ask more hard questions in future, and try to be less dazzled by colourful social entrepreneurs. But there is too much going right with British charities for the Government to give up on them. There is such a thing as the Big Society – it’s just not the same as Kids Company
- Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
There is a deepening void now in the part of the southern mind where the north should more regularly be. And he thinks that the consequences of that separation between south and north in the English mind has much more divisive political potential than has yet been fully understood. In short, I wonder whether the south will wake up one day and find that the north of England has become the new Scotland
- Martin Kettle, The Guardian
The European debate is always presented as a series of binary oppositions. Involvement in the world versus diplomatic isolation. Open trade versus fortress economics. Controlled borders versus free movement. Without minimising any of those questions there is, in fact, always a third force — the irresistible force of inertia. Our membership of Europe will be settled by the army of the uninterested, the cavalry of couldn’t care less
- Philip Collins, The Times
George Osborne should be aware of his achievement, because he must be one of the first people to be warned he’s being too mean to the poor by a body made up of the aristocracy, people dressed in ermine and bishops
- Mark Steel, The Independent
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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