The commentators 29-06-15
...on Tunisian massacre
No Islamist plotter has yet been spotted by Sergeant Plod from a police patrol car, nor by neighbours peering through binoculars. GCHQ’s men and women, descendants of the eggheads of Bletchley Park, represent our best hope of keeping British society at least relatively safe from murderous Islam. If we keep our nerve and display a little courage, the longer-term prospect is brighter. ISIS is a death cult which offers its followers nothing plausible save blood.
- Max Hastings, Daily Mail
ISIS feeds on local grievances and existing networks to expand and propagate its own ideology, encapsulated in the concept of the caliphate. This is the deadly power of the franchise. The challenge now is to try to prevent it winning further victories. It does not bode well that the model has succeeded in a state such as Tunisia, with its relative stability and newly minted democratic government. We can only hope that any response does not endanger the precious freedom and openness Tunisians have achieved
- Berny Sèbe, The Guardian
Islamicist terrorism is a deadly mission. It hates the best of human achievements, equalities, freedoms, diversities within Islam and across the world, the fragile, precious, precarious bonds between civilisations and peoples. It seeks domination, is taking over lands and is likely to go on for a very long time. Its advances cannot, for now, be repelled but its evil messages can and must be repudiated
- Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, the Independent
Ucontrolled immigration, allied to a soaring birth rate, has seen the Muslim population of Britain rise to almost three million. The tragedy is that far too few of this burgeoning Muslim population have integrated into British society and accepted the traditional values of our civilisations, including pluralism, democracy and freedom of speech.
- Leo McKinstrey, Daily Express
The weakness of the West is not so much military as civilisational. Both Sunni and Shia Islamists understand this very well. Who can be surprised, therefore, that they exult with every atrocity as they watch liberalism consume itself from within
- Melanie Phillips, The Times
It sounds cynical, but five dead Britons are not enough to drive the puffs from their home at the top of the front page. Especially on a Saturday morning, when the promos are deeper and occupy extra columns in the body of the page. Ten might have been; "at least fifteen" certainly would.
This is why the Star shines today. Hallelujah! News has reclaimed page one. And not only page one, but pages two, three, four and five.
How to cover a massacre: a lesson from the Daily Star
Comment Awards 2015
Anyone can nominate their favourite writer
Friday 12 June, 2015 Are the comment pages and columnists too Londoncentric? And if they are, what is the solution when the financial and political powerhouses are based in the capital?
Does the character or personality of the writer matter? Should we read columnists with whom we violently disagree or is it, as Eleanor Mills suggested, good for the soul but bad for the blood pressure?
Why did the so-called political experts get it so wrong in calling the general election? And will they - and Rupert Murdoch - influence the result of the EU referendum?
All these points and more were addressed under the guidance of Dr Anthony Seldon at the launch of the 2015 Comment Awards last night. Seldon will chair the judging panel for the awards, now in their seventh year.
Nominations are now open and anyone can put forward anyone writing in the UK media - broadcasting, print or online - by submitting the URLS of three articles published between August 1, 2014 and July 31 this year, which is the closing date for entries.
The 17 awards include four new categories: Comment piece of the year for a single piece of excellent writing; Young commentariat; Society and diversity commentator; and Technology and digital commentator.
There is no charge for entries. Details and the nomination forms can be found here.
Oh yes, and who was the most frequently mentioned columnist at last night's event? Matthew Parris? Andrew Rawnsley? Stephen Glover? No. By a country mile, the most discussed writer was Katie Hopkins.
Comment archive, 2015
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