The commentators 07-10-15
...on the Conservatives
Boris Johnson's speech was not a speech about Boris Johnson, but a speech about the deficiencies of Boris Johnson’s rivals, and the various pitfalls faced by all of them in the next five years – Europe, immigration, more austerity. And somehow Boris – now the retiring back-bencher, sometime author, and occasional Mayor of London – faces none of these challenges. In absentia he has found opportunism, peace, and the safe distance to critique his rivals without being called upon to offer finite, alternative solutions
- Joseph Charlton, Independent
The very institutions that have tied this nation isle together – the National Health Service, the BBC, the welfare state – are the very things May’s party is busy dismantling. Social cohesion cannot be dictated by fiat, less still conjured from thin air. Its greatest threat comes not from immigration but from the claim by those who have much that those who have little should blame their plight on those who have even less
- Gary Younge, The Guardian
With the Lib Dems routed and the Tories at odds, it falls to Labour to lead the argument on EU membership. If the party can help secure a big Yes vote, then it may take the first steps back to government. The odds against such a catharsis are high. Although Jeremy Corbyn now endorses an unequivocal Yes in the forthcoming referendum, he is the least Europhile Labour leader for many years
- Mary Riddell, Daily Telegraph
The prime minister will have to make difficult decisions on big projects. He will either split his own party or disappoint the business community over building a runway at Heathrow. HS2 will continue to have more vocal opponents than friends. Some of this — Heathrow and tax credits for instance — will become tangled up with speculation about the leadership, with every twist and turn a front page story. At the same time, the economy may slow a little, threatening the government’s central narrative that it has rescued the country. And also, of course, making people much less well disposed to it
- Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
There is haziness about the kind of country Conservatives want Britain to become and ambivalence about the role government can and should play in that. While the Labour leadership finds new certainty of purpose in its pursuit of opposition, the Tories are sure only of their purchase on power. They are pretending to agree what to do with it
- Rafael Behr, The Guardian
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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