The commentators 26-10-15
...on Lords v Commons
'‘How can you have a constitutional crisis without a constitution?” asked a Dutch friend coming to a meeting in the House of Lords last week. Of course, it is because there is no written constitution that today’s attempts by Labour and the Liberal Democrats to defeat the will of the elected Commons in the unelected Lords on tax credits, or tomorrow’s on the electoral register, are a constitutional outrage, even if not strictly illegal. But given that the two main opposition parties heavily outnumber the government in the Lords and are now combining to defeat just about anything they choose in the upper house at whim, then even without this week’s votes a crisis is looming
- Matt Ridley, The Times
The unintended consequence of the Lords challenging the primacy of the Commons in this way might easily be a constitutional upheaval that drained oxygen from political argument, ate up parliamentary time gluttonously, and pushed social justice to the margins of debate. The Conservative manifesto specifically declares that second chamber reform is “not a priority in [this] parliament”. But if the Lords over-reach themselves, it could become a government priority all too quickly
- Matthew d'Ancona, The Guardian
If the Lords vote for Baroness Manzoor of Knightsbridge's motion, it would be unprecedented. Never before has the unelected Upper House rejected a statutory instrument of significant budgetary importance once it has been approved by the Commons. It would defy a convention going back to 1688 under which the Lords — a revising chamber — cannot override the will of the Commons on a matter of finance. In other words: no taxation without representation
- 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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