The commentators 28-07-15
...on Lord Sewel
Lord Sewel certainly can’t be put back in charge of the conduct committee, or appointed to any others. His behaviour and his sense of entitlement have clearly prospered in the context of the Lords. This is six-figure scrounging. It’s this that is really shocking – a glimpse of his sense of utter entitlement both to the bodies of women, and to the public money he uses to pay for them.
- Suzanne Moore, The Guardian
Many onlookers will say that Lord Sewel’s downfall is a story as old as time: there’s no fool like an old fool. And in a sense they are right. A younger man might have ordered booze, birds, and cocaine. He might even have put the bra on and lain about raffishly. But a younger man would have remembered to confiscate everyone’s camera phone before things got started
- Grace Dent, The Independent
The distance from Scotland Yard to Dolphin Square is 1.2 miles. On a Sunday morning, a police car with Blues and Twos blazing could be there in about 90 seconds. So why weren’t the drugs squad hammering on Lord Sewel’s door immediately after The Sun published photographs of him snorting cocaine with prostitutes? Why did they wait until yesterday evening to search his flat? That gave him plenty of time to dispose of any incriminating evidence
- Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail
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
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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