The commentators 14-10-15
Nothing has brought out Britain’s talent for half measures like the European project. We were absent at the creation, then we joined, then we voted on whether to leave, then we conceived the single market, then we dodged the single currency, then we pushed the EU’s borders to the east and complained about the consequences, and now we are trying to revise the terms of our membership before voting again on whether to leave. This is perfidy, and it works. Britain is a richer, more liberal economy than it was in 1973, when it entered the European Economic Community
- Janan Ganesh. Financial Times
The EU outs’ trump card is migration – a word that remained unspoken at the in launch. Cameron can’t renegotiate free movement of people, and millions more may come to Europe before the referendum. It’s obvious to anyone who stops to think that if the UK were to leave, the French would stop holding people back in Calais. But Farage’s “control our borders” line packs more emotional punch
- Polly Toynbee, 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
Do Mr Cameron’s EU negotiations really matter at all? Who among the Outers is going to switch allegiance when they see what he has achieved; and who on the Stay side of the argument will accept that the EU has not offered enough by way of reform and concede that the time has come to leave? Precious few, I imagine
- Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph
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