The commentators 13-08-15
...on UK politics
An awareness that the current economy isn’t working for everyone is alive in Tory and corporate Britain, as well as in Labour ranks. It’s not just Jeremy Corbyn who thinks Britain needs to spend more on infrastructure, to be less dependent upon the financial services industry and for corporate cronyism to be cut back. The Tories manage to hold those beliefs without also befriending Hamas and the IRA
Tim Montgomerie, The Times
The UK, as well as much of the rest of the developed and emerging world, will find the going much tougher over the next few months. The most important lesson from the present burst of turbulence is that we should never forget that economies move in cycles, and plan accordingly. The Government must at all costs stick with its plans to reduce public spending, and if possible even accelerate them. Gordon Brown didn’t end boom and bust, and neither will anybody else
- Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph
If Jeremy Corbyn wins there then comes for me a far bigger question: can he win a general election? And on that I fear the answer is no. Having spent most of my adult life trying to help get Labour into power and keep the Tories out, I think those being swept along by Corbynmania need to be very careful in what they wish for. They like to claim a monopoly of principle for their man against three others they deride, unfairly, as mediocre careerists.
- Alastair Campbell, The Independent
There should be a full search of trucks as they arrive at Dover, and that migrants discovered there (or subsequently at motorway service stations) should be taken to detention centres near by. These centres should be “one stop shops” that consider any asylum claims rapidly and on site; those who fail should be held until they can be removed. If this requires changes in the present law then so be it. Further, our huge aid programme should be used as a carrot and, if necessary, as a stick to achieve return agreements with source countries.
- Andrew Green, The Times
Nothing in Europe matches the millions who have been driven to seek refuge in Turkey, Lebanon, Pakistan or Jordan. Set against such a global drama, Calais is little more than deathly theatre. Britain is not one of the main destinations for either refugees or illegal migrants – the vast majority of whom overstay their visas, rather than stow away in the Channel tunnel. What does suck overwhelmingly legal migrant workers into Britain is a highly deregulated labour market, where workplace protection is often not enforced and which both gangmasters and large private companies are able ruthlessly to exploit
- Seumas Milne, The 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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