The commentators 03-07-15
Greece cannot win from Sunday’s referendum. Rejection of the terms demanded by the country’s creditors would accelerate the slide into economic chaos and, more than likely, exit from the euro. A vote of no-confidence in the Syriza government’s negotiating strategy — a “Yes” vote as framed by obscure language of the referendum — would maroon Greece in political no-man’s land. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras would be stripped of all authority, but it is not at all obvious how, or by whom, he would be replaced.
- Philip Stephens, Financial Times
The looming question today is whether Greece can play a stabilising role in the unfinished business of bringing the whole of the Balkans into the European project, or whether it will turn into a foothold for Russian influence. This matters because the Balkans remain one of Europe’s great unsolved puzzles, a source of possible further disruptions - Natalie Nougayrede, The Guardian
The Greek uprising offers an opportunity. True, there are dangers. The EU might react to its authority being undermined in one area by cracking down in others. No campaigners can depict it – finally – as slightly less unchallengeable than even a week ago. But something is changed forever, and no doubt in Downing Street, they are gaming on how best to take advantage. And if they are not, they should be.
- John Mullin, The Independent
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.
How to cover a massacre: a lesson from the Daily Star
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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