The commentators 24-07-15
The very real prospect of Jeremy Corbyn becoming the next leader poses such a profound moment of choice for the Labour party. Like many of those who support him, Corbyn calls himself a socialist. His socialism, though, is more a matter of faith than a viable programme. He is not, as his three opponents are, a reformist who aspires to govern and get re-elected. He is not interested in making detailed policy choices or pragmatic compromises. Corbyn’s position is essentially made up of attitudes and slogans, not least about the place of the trade unions, many of them proudly unchanged for almost 50 years
- Martin Kettle, The Guardian
Don't believe a YouGov poll that puts Jeremy Corbyn in the lead: polling inside a small group is notoriously unreliable. Those Labour people who spent years slogging round the doorsteps, only to lose a raft of seats they expected to win aren’t about to choose a leader who will ensure it happens all over again
- Polly Toynbee, The Guardian
Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn should get together. Mr Trump wants to grab the Republican presidential nomination from the Neanderthal right. The would-be leader of Britain’s opposition Labour party hails from the hard, socialist left. They are seriously destabilising their respective parties. And they have more in common than either would care to admit.
- Philip Stephens, Financial Times
You need a leader who is imaginable as prime minister and that person needs to make credible promises about the safety of the nation’s money. Which is why Labour is going to have to do this all over again. If Mr Corbyn wins, he will be soon gone. If Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper wins, the contest might happen in 2018 but will come for sure in 2020
- Philip Collins, The Times
Sometimes the murder of a journalist shocks people to such an extent that they take to the streets to protest - as with the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in France and Abdel Karim al-Khewani in Yemen. Sometimes, as with the Isis victims in their orange jumpsuits, the killings are filmed and used as propaganda.
Often, however, the death goes unremarked and uninvestigated. A couple of men ride up on a motorbike and fire a few shots at the target as he or she is leaving the office, arriving home or simply waiting at a bus stop - summary retribution for exposing a corrupt politician or crossing a criminal.
In the first half of this year, sixty media workers around the world were killed while doing their jobs.
Editor's blog: Death and dishonour
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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