The commentators 22-06-15
Sometimes it is easier to see what will happen in three or four years’ time than what will happen in three or four days. And so it is with Greece. One of the things that many of us will have found distressing, alongside the hardships heaped on the Greek people, has been the tone of the debate between the country and the EU’s dominant economy, Germany: fury on the one hand, and something close to contempt on the other
- Hamish McCrae, Independent
A failing Greek government may still eventually resort to leaving the eurozone. But there is no automatic link. Government default does not trigger bank runs and a sudden exit from the currency union. It is said that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. It is high time to stop the insanity in the eurozone and Greece.
- Willem Buiter, Financial Times
Common sense suggests that bankrupt Greece will not suddenly leave the euro. Maybe it will just throw up its hands when the money runs out at Greek banks and make yet more promises that it cannot keep. With the EU’s usual begrudgery, however, I wonder if it will not have to create a super-drachma to appear on bills alongside the euro equivalent.
- Robert Fisk, Independent
However it unfolds, the Greek catastrophe has exploded the central proposition of EU integration, the assertion that has been made time and again to the British people to secure their assent to new treaties – that the loss of national political control is always a price worth paying for overall economic gain.
- Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
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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