The commentators 12-08-15
...on UK politics
David Cameron should resist the siren voices urging him to stay in power. His decency and normality is a weakness in some respects for a politician, since he lacks the intensity and obsession that drove the likes of Margaret Thatcher or Tony Blair, but it makes him a less flawed human being and is worth retaining. Instead of declaring the intention to go on and on, let alone ending up in a civil war with his chancellor, much better to quit with dignity rather than be dragged out clawing at the Downing Street carpet
- Ian Birrell, Daily Telegraph
When most people see a person in the depths of despair or on the brink of suicide, they see a vulnerable person in need of help and compassion. Although not if you're Iain Duncan Smith, it would seem. It’s been revealed that his Department for Work and Pensions refuses to count serious mental health conditions among their criteria to protect vulnerable people on benefits
- Siobhan Fenton, Independent
Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is committed to eliminating the deficit and creating an economy in which we live within our means. Where the Corbyn campaign parts company with the dominant economic thinking of both the Conservative government and the other Labour leadership candidates is that we don’t believe that the vast majority of middle- and low-income earners who didn’t cause the economic crisis should have to pay for it through cuts in tax credits, pay freezes, and cuts in essential services
- John McDonnell, Guardian
The latest – contested – YouGov poll of eligible Labour members and supporters suggests that Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal stretches across the generations and it is no surprise that some of his most passionate supporters are young. Their futures are being stolen from them, and few politicians are prepared to stand their ground. Sixth form colleges used to open doors. What a tragedy that those doors are being slammed so brutally in the faces of today’s students
- Owen Jones, Guardian
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
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