The commentators 30-04-15
...on the general election
The young electorate could have a lasting legacy and responsibility to take from this most unpredictable of elections. If they come out. The result, of course, could easily tip the other way, back into conventional, uninspiring more-of-the-same. The only thing that will make the difference is first-time voters coming out in large enough numbers. The course of this election rests on this one simple, vital fact.
- Armando Ianucci, The Independent
We may be creating a generation with little connection to the state who may veer ever more rightwards and we need to make these very basic arguments again. While baby boomers have benefited from free university education, affordable housing and slouching around on the dole, how will any of that feel to those who have never had benefits or grants but know only the world of loans? How benign will this shrunken state seem?
- Suzanne Moore, The Guardian
The Tories have got some things wrong during this election campaign, but Scotland is definitely not one of them. Yet David Cameron is being accused by Labour and even some Conservative bigwigs of taking huge risks by boosting the profile of the Scottish National Party.
- Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
It will take time for today’s political leaders to admit the rules have changed. The most likely consequence of an inconclusive election next month is another one within a year or so later. But at some point the politicians will have to admit that the old system no longer works. They will then discover that countries elsewhere in the world are routinely well governed by coalition or minority administrations. Finally, they will be dragged kicking and screaming to accept the inexorable logic of proportional voting.
- Philip Stephens, Financial Times
The weird political balance of the sort we are likely to see after May 7 will lead not to stability but to utter calamity. Our political landscape is about to take on the characteristics of the worst European-style proportional representation electoral system, with all of its downsides but none of its advantages. The naysayers who in 2010 thought that a hung parliament would trigger instability were not wrong, merely premature. This time around, the Fixed Term Parliaments Act will turn a bad situation into a potentially devastating one.
- Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph
Boris Johnson fears the Tories are doomed if they continue to be seen as defenders of the rich and, particularly, the privileged. The solution for the Tories lies in a tale of two safety nets: they need to celebrate the one for the poor and dismantle the one for the rich. Too many Tories give the impression of resenting the safety net for those at the bottom. They believe that the solution to every problem is to help poor people get rich.
- Tim Montgomerie, The Times
Comment archive, 2015
The deficit and debt are just the half of it. The abject economic failure of the Tory-Liberal Democrat government covers the full range: from falling living standards for the majority, a ballooning trade deficit, rampant job insecurity at work, a shocking productivity record, escalating private debt and stagnating business investment. Even when it comes to the Tories’ proudest boast of 1.8m new jobs, they are the flip side of falling productivity, still below pre-crisis levels.
- Seumas Milne, The Guardian
Scottish National Party
Depression and killer pilot
Prince Charles's letters
Cameron's exit strategy
Lee Kwan Yew
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