The commentators 05-10-15
...on the Conservatives
Michael Portillo, David Davis and Ken Clarke can all confirm that favourites for the Tory crown rarely inherit it. George Osborne might be well advised, therefore, to dampen the speculation and hence the scrutiny that he is receiving and give a dull speech at the Conservative conference today. The chancellor needs to remove the bull’s-eye from his head that front-runner status has given him
- Tim Montgomerie, The Times
The real barrier to debate is, as with so much in the realm of debt and austerity, that it’s conducted in bad faith, with infantilising aphorisms, aimed not at deepening understanding but at shooing away public interest with unavoidable economic realities. As a tactic, this has reached the end of its plausibility
- Zoe Williams, The Guardian
Off to the Tory Party conference. And this year their leaders may be more supercilious, sneering, smug and swaggering than usual: success always brings out the worst in right-wing politicians. I walk among them, smile often, speak properly, argue nicely, yet feel like an alien. I admire some individual Tories – a couple are good mates – but contemporary Conservatism is cold, base and dangerous
- Yasmin Alibhai Brown, The Independent
If Cameron is truly contemplating even the possibility of leading the 'Out' compaign, why doesn't he say: 'I will consider arguing that Britain should leave the EU, if I don't get what I want in my negotiations'? There might be two reasons. The first is he fears this would scare the multinational big business lobby, which is reflexively in favour of the UK remaining part of the EU. The second is he can't bring himself to lie so blatantly — as he knows he has not the slightest intention of ever leading a campaign for Brexit, and joining forces with Nigel Farage's Ukip
- Dominic Lawson, 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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