The commentators 22-09-15
While Corbyn will struggle to live down not singing the national anthem, Cameron may yet find it easier to ride out this embarrassment. We live in a world where proposing higher tax bands for the rich and the scrapping of an obsolete nuclear weapons system is more of an electoral and political liability to some than simulating fellatio with a dead animal. If Cameron does get a pass this will not be an entirely bad thing. Young people are supposed to be reckless
- Gary Younge, The Guardian
The idea of someone doing something like this with a dead pig’s mouth is pretty awful – actually, it’s completely vomit-inducing. But possibly the weirdest thing about it is that it isn't even close to the worst thing David Cameron has done. Under his government, child poverty rose by half a million. He introduced the cruel bedroom tax, which has made life harder for thousands of people - especially those who are disabled
- Abby Tomlinson, The Independent
Political drug history outrage is always dishonest, particularly from hacks. Like some pot calling a kettle black. The pig, though. Hmmm. That’s . . . new. Although at university, granted, you do get all sorts. I was at Cambridge ten years after Cameron was at Oxford and, although my life was very different in tone and style and content, I could still name, what — nine? Ten? — ex-public schoolboys who I can completely imagine doing this. Like, totally. One hundred per cent. With gusto. Albeit usually with a lower budget culinary item, such as a Pot Noodle
- Hugo Rifkind, The Times
Maybe Cameron did go to one of these parties. He looks the sort. But let’s not pretend that it’s part of a long and noble British tradition. Because once you get over the Brideshead delusion, all you have left is a terrible headache and some really terrible puns about ham
- Thom Phipps, The Guardian
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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