The commentators 10-11-15
...on Britain and Europe
It takes a young boy to tell the emperor in Hans Christian Andersen’s tale that he has no clothes. Convinced by the weavers that his new suit is invisible to anyone who is stupid and incompetent, the all-powerful ruler is too vain, or too insecure, to admit the truth. This could be a metaphor for David Cameron’s Europe policy. The renegotiation is a fig leaf put in place to save his embarrassment — but, like the emperor, the prime minister, for reasons of personal vanity and political insecurity, must continue to insist that his strategy is immaculately dressed
- Rachel Sylvester, The Times
David Cameron is offering not one option or the other over Europe, but both and is able to do so because he has promised a referendum. In the end, says Mr Cameron, it does not matter what I think: the British people will decide. All he can do is set out the choices. This is a classic piece of pragmatic positioning and is Mr Cameron’s way of doing most things. Even committing to the referendum in the first place was a move designed to get him through a particular set of circumstances. If politics is, as Bismarck said, the art of the possible, then Mr Cameron is its most enthusiastic modern practitioner. The question, though, is for how much longer can he get away with it? Europe is an issue on which you are expected to take up a strong position, either for or against; indifference is not to be tolerated. Third ways are fanciful
- Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph
Britain’s retreat from the world is exhaustively chronicled, much lamented and non-existent. Despite not happening, it exercises foreign capitals and the summit circuit. It is the one thing about the UK under David Cameron’s Conservative leadership that every international person of affairs knows, even if it is not actually a thing and they do not really know it
- Janan Ganesh, Financial 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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Lords v Commons
Xi Jinping visit
Xi Jinping's visit
Virginia TV shootings
Boris Johnson, Greece
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