The commentators 14-07-15
The leaders of the eurozone nations have cut a deal that makes believers in Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty seem like realists. They have agreed not to reduce Greece’s unsustainable debt and not to admit that Athens will never implement the financial reforms its joke prime minister has agreed. They will start negotiating a £60billion loan package that offers no prospect of reviving the shattered Greek economy. Greece’s people will remain embittered pensioners on German charity.
- Max Hastings, Daily Mail
Alexis Tsipras would have sold his granny to stay in the EU and keep getting multi-billion euro handouts that will never be repaid. The country is a failed state, corrupt, bankrupt, beggarly, shameless. It expects others, even the poorest EU members, to pay its overblown pensions, its army of idle public servants and subsidise its greedy tax evaders.
- Peter Hill, Daily Express
By infantilising Greece, Germany resembles a child who closes its own eyes and thinks we can not see it. We can. The world is watching what is being done to Greece in the name of euro stability. It sees a nation stripped of its dignity, its sovereignty, its future.
- Suzanne Moore, The Guardian
Although the German plan for a “time out” from the euro did not make the final draft, the genie is now out of the bottle. The euro is no longer a single currency; it is a fixed exchange rate system. Brussels has admitted that an exit is no longer inconceivable. This may sound like a nice distinction, but it is crucial. The euro will probably survive this week in its current membership. It may even make it through the month and into 2016. But the next time there is a doubt about any of its members — Greece, Portugal, Italy or Spain — speculators will have an open invitation to attack, just as they attacked the Exchange Rate Mechanism in the early 1990s.
- Ed Conway, The Times
If anybody has capitulated, it is Germany. The German government has just agreed, in principle, to another multibillion-euro bailout of Greece — the third so far. In return, it has received promises of economic reform from a Greek government that makes it clear that it profoundly disagrees with everything that it has just agreed to. The Syriza government will clearly do all it can to thwart the deal it has just signed. If that is a German victory, I would hate to see a defeat.
- Gideon Rachman, Financial 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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