The commentators 09-03-15
...on UK politics
The death notice has been posted; the pall-bearers, self-appointed of course, are in place. The date of the funeral has been provisionally fixed for sometime after May 7. However, on the evidence of their conference in Edinburgh on Saturday, it is clear that reports of the demise of the Scottish Labour Party are premature.
- Alan Cochrane, Daily Telegraph
George Osborne's electoral message in next week's Budget is that the hard work of deficit reduction has still to be done, and that voters cannot risk returning that task to Labour. That message would lose all potency and coherence if coupled with a splurge of pre-election tax cuts and, more seriously, would make the scale of future spending cuts even more alarming.
- Damian McBride, The Times
The Greens are liberated by being already beyond the pale, a situation other parties should envy but probably don’t. More important – indeed, decisive – is the fact that they have a vision of what they want, coherent enough that they can openly agree its principles and consistent enough that they don’t have to check with the centre before they say anything.
- Zoe Williams, The Guardian
As the two-party structure creaks and groans, it’s more important than ever for the Conservatives to shed their image as the trade union of the powerful and advantaged, and to assert themselves as a truly national movement. The TV debates, for all their imperfections, are an essential part of that self-assertion.
- Matthew d'Ancona, The Guardian
Having restored some dignity to the victims, we had yet to learn not to glorify the killer - most particularly by not according him an identity that might secure him a place in folklore. That also means avoiding describing Emwazi as Isis's "star executioner" or saying that he "features" in the group's videos.
For six months we have been providing propaganda for Isis, and sprinkling words such as "evil", "vile", "depraved" around doesn't mitigate that failing.
- Emwazi is not a folk hero, let's stop treating him as if he were
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