The commentators 24-08-15
...on the Labour leadership
Isn’t the anti-Corbyn uproar now in danger of increasing his popularity, especially since he wisely refrains from responding in kind? While some Tories inveigled themselves onto Labour party membership lists to vote for him — presuming he’ll be an electoral liability as leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition — ex-Labour leaders Neil Kinnock, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown ganged up against Corbyn. Who is listening to them? For many Labour voters — and young people attracted to the party — Kinnock’s forgotten, while Blair and Brown are the despised ancient regime, who turned the party away from its traditional Left-wing policies to market itself as Thatcher Lite
- Peter McKay, Daily Mail
An unelectable opposition under Jeremy Corbyn would be a vast chance for Britain’s Tories. Sure. But may they use it well. Democracy doesn’t function without electable opposition to elected power . . . however lovely that power, untrammelled, may feel today
- Andrew Knight, The Times
Labour must not sign up to George Osborne’s ideology of austerity or weak economic plans. And I won’t. We need to be confident enough not to swallow the Tory myths and to set out a strong, radical alternative instead. But it also has to be credible – credible enough to be delivered, and to build public confidence in Labour’s economic approach so we can win, and change Britain’s economic policy in practice. Otherwise it’s not a real alternative at all. And we will let people down
- Yvette Cooper, The Guardian
Some of the recent claims have been incredibly simplistic, seeking to prove guilt by association with a range of individuals whose views are beyond the pale but whose extreme opinions are not shared by Corbyn even if he happened once to appear on a platform with them. Such attacks seem unlikely to have a significantly negative impact on the Corbyn’s leadership bid. They also fuel the notion – itself rather facile – of an establishment-backed media trying any old trick to halt him in his tracks
- Will Gore, The Independent
In 1981 some 364 economists embarrassed themselves by writing to The Times to predict economic catastrophe from monetarism. In the unlikely event of a Corbyn government we can expect twice as many to write in with approval — before the economy tanks
- Ross Clark, The Times
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.
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