The commentators 04-06-15
Liz Kendall’s steely honesty represents the best chance Labour currently has. Kendall alone seems to comprehend that Britain in 2020 will be a hugely different place from Britain in 1997. She is the one talking about education for those falling behind, about the kind of jobs that will exist, about the need to look outwards. Her candidacy speech was an overt rejection of Podemism and oppositionism. And of Ukip for that matter.
- David Aaronovitch, The Times
It is not only Britain’s relations with Europe that Mr Cameron wants to renegotiate. He has also set his sights on other member states’ relations with one another. The UK seems to be asking for a renegotiation of politics that could not only influence the rights of citizens in other countries (free movement of workers), but are also at the heart of the European debate. Here Britain should tread carefully, asking for a binding accord only on matters that affect its own citizens, not those of other nations.
- Lykke Friis, Financial Times
There is nothing that David Cameron could bring home from his bratwurst, paella and trout tour of European capitals that would convince me to vote “yes” in the forthcoming referendum. We live in a topsy-turvy world when those who want Britain to govern itself are portrayed as the fundamentalists. The middle way is apparently a renegotiated relationship with Brussels and Strasbourg. But I’m not interested in better terms with our European masters; I want Britain to be a free nation again — as free as America, Japan, Australia and other great nations. Is that so unreasonable?
- Tim Montgomerie, The Times
In principle MPs have a good case for a substantial increase in their salary when the time is eventually right. But now is the worst moment imaginable for them to be seen to be stuffing their pockets. People will say that there is one rule for them, another for the rest of us — and this is irrefutable proof that we are definitely not all in this together.
- Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
This wasn't a story about journalists and celebs whose misfortunes no one really cares about, it was about a landmark ruling on privacy, about the comeuppance of an organisation that had repeatedly denied that it had anything to do with phone-hacking until it was dragged, kicking and screaming, into court.
Comment archive, 2015
Scottish National Party
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