The commentators 12-05-15
...on UK politics
A British exit from the EU (Brexit) and a Scottish exit from Britain (Scexit?) are both possibilities. But it is much more likely that in five years’ time, when this new government leaves office, the United Kingdom will still be a united country and will still be a member of the EU. The UK will also continue to be one of the most outward-looking countries in the world and is likely to remain among the fastest-growing economies in the west.
- Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
If Labour’s next leader is to succeed they must have the capacity to frame and project arguments that are both substantial and have wide appeal. Ed Miliband was ahead of the zeitgeist when highlighting his passionate concerns about inequality. Over recent years authors have topped best-seller lists with books on the topic. But arguments about inequality have to be made carefully.
- Steve Richards, Independent
If there’s one thing we can get out of the 2015 election, apart from five more years of Gammonhead, and five years of Labour pacing its enclosure like a depressed polar bear, it should be an end to nervous, presumptive policy-making. Never again need any decision be guided by an opinion poll, or a focus group, or the popularity of a hashtag. Maybe that’s a good thing. Or 10 bad ones glued together. I have absolutely no idea and neither do you. Because none of us knows anything - Charlie Brooker, The Guardian
Labour found out the hard way that it is electoral suicide to vacate the centre ground and appear to put ideological purity above the national interest. Mr Cameron seemed to understand this when he promised to restore his party’s one-nation credentials. The next few months will determine whether he has the strength to follow this through. That will involve resolving the internal tensions not only within the party but also within himself.
- Rachel Sylvester, The Times
If Mr Cameron rules moderately, with a reformist edge, his party might indeed take out a long-term lease on power. If he tries to do Thatcher’s unfinished business, he could saddle his party with a foul reputation by 2020. If the “might” and the “could” sound mealy-mouthed, that is only prudent. We know what Britons said last week, but not what they meant.
- Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
It was Ed Miliband’s idea to ban zero-hours contracts in public-sector contracts, and the Tories should steal it. With over three million workers in the sector, the policy would be popular. There should also be an insistence on more transparency on contracts.
- Sean Worth, Daily Telegraph
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