The commentators 01-10-15
...on the Labour party conference
The conventional media and political wisdom is that Corbyn’s Labour is a kamikaze operation that will never attract enough support to win a general election. Certainly, relentless opposition from Labour grandees who struggled to attract 5% of their own members isn’t much help. But as the Tories prepare to whoop with delight at their own conference next week, they face potential upheavals of their own: over Europe, the brutal cuts that will hit their own voters – and the prospect of renewed economic crisis in the years to come. Better not whoop too soon
- Seumas Milne, The Guardian
It is the first rule of politics: if you want to win, make sure you actually understand the country that you are seeking to lead. After his performance in Brighton this week, it is no longer possible to give Jeremy Corbyn the benefit of the doubt. He is hopelessly wrong about modern Britain, its aspirations and beliefs, and is leading his party towards certain ruin
- Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph
Parts of his own party are openly laughing at him; parts of the horrible commentariat are asking how he is going to make any of this happen; some in his own shadow cabinet are in open opposition to him. It’s a mess; it’s wish fulfilment; it’s a new dawn and new dawns can be a chaotic
- Suzanne Moore, The Guardian
We should never be complacent, but it doesn’t look like the Corbynistas will pull off their grand deception. It may be possible to put their highly discreditable pasts behind them. But they won’t be able to silence intemperate union leaders and unruly street warriors who are itching for a non-Parliamentary fight. Their hard Left supporters will almost certainly press for the de-selection of moderate Labour MPs
- Stephen Glover, 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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