The commentators 02-02-15
...on UK politics
In waging a war on illiteracy and innumeracy, Nicky Morgan has fallen for a fascinating delusion: “war” as a metaphor for determined, effective action. In real life war is slow and incredibly destructive; and by the time it is over, nobody can even remember what the objective was.
- Zoe Williams, The Guardian
David Cameron sacked Michael Gove because he was frightened of the former education secretary’s unpopularity and is now determined to avoid a “Tories will cut your child’s education” campaign. This might be good politics but it’s not a good use of taxpayers’ money. More importantly it won’t help every child to reach their potential.
- Tim Montgomerie, The Times
An unconditional basic income scheme is not a cheap or easy solution. It would be a pathway to a different kind of economy. But for both left and right it would challenge the last vestiges of what French social philosopher Gorz called “the utopia based on work” which has sustained us for two centuries, but may no longer.
- Paul Mason, The Guardian
As the May election approaches, we need to pick up optimism. Just as the afflicted Greeks have done in this last election. That may prove impossible if millions of our people carry on laughing bitterly and swim in deep pessimism. Satirists are citizens too. But they need to ask themselves some hard questions about what they do and how that might affect our futures.
- Yasmin Alibhai Brown, The Independent
The fact that Russian warplanes are now regularly and deliberately testing Britain’s air defences inevitably raises the question of whether, following the drastic cuts the Coalition has made to the defence budget, the British military is properly equipped to defend the nation’s interests.
- Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph
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