The commentators 11-09-15
...on Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn is frontrunner to lead Britain’s opposition Labour party. Of course, the polls may be proved wrong (again) when the results of the contest are announced this weekend. But the fact he is a serious contender speaks to the earthquake in a party that not so long ago won three consecutive elections under the centrist Tony Blair. Some of the reasons are particular to Britain. The reckless arrogance of Ed Miliband, the previous leader, comes to mind. But Mr Corbyn also speaks to the wider upheaval in advanced democracies - Philip Stephens, Financial Times
It’s not often that the political earth moves, but we can expect some tremors at about at noon tomorrow if – as almost every Labour MP expects – Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader. This is, of course, a disaster for the party but one with more than a dash of romantic heroism to it. Ed Miliband lost the last election because he dragged his party too far to the Left. So rather than compromise with the voters, Labour has lurched even further to the Left. We’re witnessing a suicidal charge of the red brigade: magnificent, perhaps, but it’s not politics. - Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
Three simple rules should keep most men out of trouble. First, if you need to preface something with the words “horrendously politically incorrect”, then you probably don’t want to be saying it to a total stranger in a work context. Second, if you routinely compliment someone on their looks but never on their thinking, you’re basically saying that you don’t take them remotely seriously. Amazingly, people dislike this. And third, as ever, it’s all about tone and context.
- Gaby Hinsliff, The Guardian
What would have happened had the shootings taken place not in America, but in Norwich? What if the victims had been a local TV crew known to two or three hundred thousand people? Would our London-based newspaper executives have thought "We've never heard of them, so we'll use lots of gory pictures" or "They're British. We'll show some restraint"?
What if the victims had been a Newsnight reporter and cameraman, people we were used to seeing in our living rooms, people known all over the country?
Would the photographic coverage have been muted - in deference to our familiarity and their families - or even more excessive?
Editor's blog: Murder on camera
Comment archive, 2015
Women professionals have two choices: either call out sexism and face the prospect of career suicide (incidentally, solicitors have already informed me that they will no longer instruct me in legal cases) or become one of the boys and replicate or humour sexist ‘banter’. Is there any middle ground? In my view, there is. If women and men support each other in calling out sexism wherever and whenever it exists then change becomes inevitable. That is why I did what I did and responded as I have done
- Charlotte Proudman, The Independent
Virginia TV shootings
Boris Johnson, Greece
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