The commentators 15-09-15
...on Jeremy Corbyn
If Jeremy Corbyn is going to highlight how badly British capitalism serves society, as opposed to a wealthy elite, then that is a politics worth following for the first time in decades. These are the kind of questions that a post-crash progressive party should open up – not just about the deficit but also about how to give more people more of a stake in our economy. They haven’t been raised in Britain in decades, and the new Labour leader may not be ready or able to do it. But as a man with a fuller beard than Corbyn’s once put it: “Men make their own history, but … they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves.”
- Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian
Jeremy Corbyn should enjoy his success while he can — because things from here will become a whole lot more difficult. A leader who does not have the support of his MPs is vulnerable. A leader who has spent his whole career single-mindedly rebelling against his own party should not expect any loyalty in return, especially with policies as uncompromising as his. In the months ahead, Jeremy Corbyn will wear his mandate like protective armour — and he will need it, because the knives are out. Labour is a party divided, its MPs at odds with its members. We are at the beginning of a long civil war.
- Jason Cowley, Daily Mail
For the first time in a decade, there are no women holding any of the top jobs in the Labour party. Not only are the leader and deputy leader both men, so too are the shadow chancellor, shadow home secretary and shadow foreign secretary as well as Labour’s candidate for London mayor.
- Rachel Sylvester, The Times
Election results and polling will determine what form the loyalty of the leader and his dissenters will take. If Labour falls miles behind in the opinion polls Corbyn will not have the strength to be as loyal to his principles and his allies as he has been this week. If voters approve of him the dissenters will have little choice but to rally round. The stakes are high. If the Conservatives win in 2020 they will have ruled for 15 years.
- Steve Richards, The Independent
Corbynomics, or what we know of it thus far, the reasonable is heavily outweighed by the inconceivable and economically illiterate. Take John McDonnell’s attitude to manufacturing. He promises to rebalance the economy in its favour while pledging to slash £93 billion of “subsidies to corporations”, a large chunk of which are tax breaks that keep manufacturers afloat. He and Mr Corbyn want eye-watering 1970s-style income tax rates, but most evidence suggests they destroy more money than they raise
- Ed Conway, The Times
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
Virginia TV shootings
Boris Johnson, Greece
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