The commentators 21-09-15
For the Lib Dems there is a terrible mismatch between deed and consequence. Between 2010 and 2015 they showed they were much more than a protest group with a parliamentary wing. Yet they have paid a terrible electoral price for that maturity, and must now decide on a strategy that is more than simply palliative
- Matthew d'Ancona, The Guardian
Making an effort to build constructive dialogue with this new incarnation of Labour would be a heartening strategy for the Lib Dems. And forming an effective opposition who win votes on their own merits, rather than publicly boasting that ‘we’re gonna steal your voters’ would be a more effective approach. I'm ashamed of how Tim Farron has made his party come across as shameless, negative and arrogant. That’s not going to win anyone’s respect – or their votes
- David Cann, The Independent
In Labour’s early years its Methodist roots obscured some unsavoury characteristics. But that tradition of ethical socialism has died out. Now the left have reverted to type. Even if the party removes Jeremy Corbyn from office, his successor will face the same existential crisis. That’s because the fury being expressed by the “moderate” left over Corbyn is nothing other than Caliban raging at his own reflection
- Melanie Phillips, The Times
The Jeremy Corbyn earthquake is more than an event of British significance. It is also more than a sign of the failure of Labour’s past leadership to manage the party successfully, in power and out of it. It is another indication of the scale of the disaffection with conventional wisdom now rife in many countries. It seems highly likely to increase the durability of Conservative rule. But a Labour victory is not utterly inconceivable. The past is, suddenly, a very foreign country
- Martin Wolf, Financial Times
What we are rapidly learning from Corbyn’s sudden ascent up the greasy pole is that fighting for your principles is one thing but living up to them, quite another. He’s already U-turned on Europe and Trident, and given Emily Thornberry the shadow employment brief even though she sneers at white van drivers and rents out a £500,000 property she bought from a housing association
- Camilla Tominey, Daily Express
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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