The commentators 30-09-15
...on the Labour party conference
Corbyn’s big selling point is that he is a decent, honest bloke who cares about people, as Tory toffs do not. Yet never for a moment should we forget that he and his acolytes are bent on a purge of moderates and dissenters inside their own party, which is likely to keep the guillotines busy for years. His parade of honesty is designed to conceal the reality that much of what he states as fact is falsehood; that if his ‘caring’ economic policies were ever implemented, they would spell ruin for thousands of businesses, doom for enterprise and profit, and cripple the nation’s taxpayers
- Max Hastings, Daily Mail
This wasn't a brilliant speech nor a bad speech yet it was undeniably a landmark speech signifying the party's latest era. New Old Labour accepts the world's changing, evidenced by Corbyn's sick pay offer to the self-employed. His party wants to fight on its own terms, shown by a deliberate decision to shred the Tories' economic record instead of fighting on the Conservatives' deficit turf. The Good Samaritan's appeal is to the country's best instincts and common interest
- Kevin Maguire, Daily Mirror
A successful democracy in the 21st century will give voters more knowledge and detail than ever before about the people they elect and what they do with their power. But it will still need the key decisions between elections to be made by those people, the MPs, ministers and prime ministers, in whom the whole country has placed its trust. A leader who replaces that with the power of party activists will find, like Robespierre, that the revolution he promoted ultimately consumes the leader himself
- William Hague, Daily Telegraph
It’s possible to tell a story of how Mr Corbyn might fall. But the chances of him going are dwarfed by the chances he will stay. The moderates have to face the fact that it is overwhelmingly likely that in 2020 if they recommend voting Labour they will be recommending putting Jeremy Corbyn in No 10
- Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
Corbyn needs to get to grips with the mainstream media. Shunning Andrew Marr and the Sun is not a strategy that will lead to electoral success.
But the Press, too, must rethink. If people are offended by Corbyn's singalong choices or dress sense, it is fair that they are reported. If his oratory leaves something to be desired, it is fair that that, too, is commented upon. But let's get this into perspective. Those are side issues; the first job of the Press is to report the news, so when a new leader makes his first important setpiece speech, it would be good if newspapers told us what he said rather than what they thought
- Editor's blog: All singing from the wrong hymn sheet
Comment Awards, 2015
Thursday 17 September, 2015 The Financial Times and The Times again lead the way in this year's ei Comment Awards, with eleven nominations apiece in the shortlists announced today.
Sathnam Sanghera is responsible for four of those Times nominations - featuring in the media commentator, diversity, technology and individual comment piece categories.
Freelance Yomi Adegoke who founded Birthday Magazine for black teenage girls, is among four writers shortlisted in two categories - in her case young commentariat and media commentator.
George Monbiot of the Guardian completes the media line-up and is also nominated as science commentator and Gillian Tett of the FT is listed in both business and economics.
Her colleague Janan Ganesh is shortlisted for political commentator and the big prize - commentariat of the year, where he is up against the two most recent winners David Aaronovitch (also nominated for comment piece of the year) and Caitlin Moran.
SubScribe is honoured and surprised to find a place on the individual blogger shortlist, and fully expects to come third behind Barrister Blogger Matthew Scott and Stuart Forster of Go-eat-Do.
You can see all the shortlists here.
Comment archive, 2015
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