The commentators 20-10-15
...on Xi Jinping's visit
On the surface, then, all is set fair for a celebration of mutual friendship. But awkward political issues lurk beneath. From China’s standpoint, the main problem is Britain’s existential navel-gazing over its membership of the EU. A vote to leave would put the continued arrival of Chinese capital — if not tourists and students — at risk. It would damage London’s capacity as a financial centre by triggering regulatory changes that would draw much euro-denominated business away from the City. And it would expose the UK economy to significant risks, which would make China and other investors leery
- George Magnus, Financial Times
In courting Beijing the prime minister and chancellor are overriding Foreign Office warnings about China’s dubious record on intellectual property rights and industrial espionage. They are endorsing an economic partner whose habit of dumping under-priced steel on world markets (another consequence of falling domestic Chinese demand) is destroying Britain’s own steelmaking industry. Most of all, they risk alienating Britain’s biggest economic, political and military ally: the US — and not for the first time
- Ed Conway, The Times
The new turn to China offers Britain the prospect of modernising our infrastructure in a way that otherwise would be inconceivable. It will create many new jobs. Above all it shows how Britain can prosper in the Asian-oriented and China-centric world rapidly unfolding before us
- Martin Jacques, The Guardian
He is too diplomatic to mention it, but Mr Cameron knows that Viscount Palmerston went to war in China for one reason alone: the international trade that is Britain’s eternal interest and the object of its foreign policy. Gunboats and red carpets are just different means to the same end
- James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph
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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