The commentators 08-07-15
...on the Budget
some people close to the Chancellor reckon this will be his most consequential budget. It certainly should be: he comes to the Commons today with political capital to burn, an opposition in disarray and a five-year Parliament stretching out before him. If he is going to make the move next door one day, today’s the day we get our first real glimpse of Prime Minister George Osborne.
- James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph
The Chancellor should be focusing on the words "family home", not on dictating who or what fulfils his definition of family? The house you were raised in is your family home whether your dad scarpered, your mum died tragically young of breast cancer or your parents never tied the knot. This is not the 1950s.
- Vanessa Feltz, Daily Express
When George Osborne started his cuts in 2010 the argument of, for instance, the distinguished economist Paul Krugman or Ed Balls, was that this was no time to be cutting. They said it was economically illiterate to cut when the country wasn’t growing. Now is the test of this view. The country is growing. So if 2010 wasn’t the time to cut, by the same token, now is.
- Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
It sounds cynical, but five dead Britons are not enough to drive the puffs from their home at the top of the front page. Especially on a Saturday morning, when the promos are deeper and occupy extra columns in the body of the page. Ten might have been; "at least fifteen" certainly would.
This is why the Star shines today. Hallelujah! News has reclaimed page one. And not only page one, but pages two, three, four and five.
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Comment Awards 2015
Anyone can nominate their favourite writer
Friday 12 June, 2015 Are the comment pages and columnists too Londoncentric? And if they are, what is the solution when the financial and political powerhouses are based in the capital?
Does the character or personality of the writer matter? Should we read columnists with whom we violently disagree or is it, as Eleanor Mills suggested, good for the soul but bad for the blood pressure?
Why did the so-called political experts get it so wrong in calling the general election? And will they - and Rupert Murdoch - influence the result of the EU referendum?
All these points and more were addressed under the guidance of Dr Anthony Seldon at the launch of the 2015 Comment Awards last night. Seldon will chair the judging panel for the awards, now in their seventh year.
Nominations are now open and anyone can put forward anyone writing in the UK media - broadcasting, print or online - by submitting the URLS of three articles published between August 1, 2014 and July 31 this year, which is the closing date for entries.
The 17 awards include four new categories: Comment piece of the year for a single piece of excellent writing; Young commentariat; Society and diversity commentator; and Technology and digital commentator.
There is no charge for entries. Details and the nomination forms can be found here.
Oh yes, and who was the most frequently mentioned columnist at last night's event? Matthew Parris? Andrew Rawnsley? Stephen Glover? No. By a country mile, the most discussed writer was Katie Hopkins.
Comment archive, 2015
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