The commentators 10-08-15
...on the Labour leadership
Labour is now conducting its leadership campaign as if the general election never happened. That whole British people voting and delivering their verdict thing? The Conservative majority thing? A trick of the light. So Jeremy Corbyn has brushed aside their verdict in favour of his own personal ideology. Although Britons voted for Cameron, he thinks what they really yearn for is a prime minister committed to “prioritising the needs of the poor and the human rights of us all”
- Dan Hodges, Daily Telegraph
How very unbrotherly the Left-wing Labour brotherhood can be. Not all of them have rallied to defend their bearded poster-boy Jeremy Corbyn against attacks from people such as Tony Blair, who warned supporters of the front-runner for the Labour leadership that ‘if your heart is with Corbyn, get a transplant’. The editor of the Left Foot Forward blog has launched a bazooka at ‘Comrade Corbyn’, too, for consorting with murderous tyrants and anti-Semites
- Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail
In the Babel of the digital nanosecond, voters are driven less by pristine moral imperatives than by the crushing weight of the immediate and of proximate stimuli. Successful politicians of tomorrow will be those who stretch out a hand and offer an analgesic. That’s why Jeremy Corbyn is winning. He understands that the axiom of our era is not “Lest we forget” but “Make it stop”
- Matthew d'Ancona, The Guardian
The only reason this case from Shoeburyness reached the public consciousness was because someone mentioned age. That turns out to have been a side issue, and we shall probably never know the full story. That may be right and proper, a family's private traumas should not be aired for public entertainment.
But if women are being coerced into signing away the right to look after their children when they are not mentally fit, in order that councils can meet adoption targets - as the grandparents' lawyer and MPs suggest - then we need to know.
The journalists covering this story have fallen for the clickbait angle and missed the real issue.
Editor's blog: Grandparents' tale of woe
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