The commentators 26-03-15
...on UK politics
Public spending differences represent the real choice on May 7; a much more important choice than whether the prime minister should have two London kitchens or one in London and another in a Cotswolds country pile. Should Britain seek to balance its books under the Tories within five years at the risk of damaging public services? Or should it take a calculated risk that public debt can remain higher for longer to spare public services any further real cuts in spending?
- Chris Giles, Financial Times
All over the world the left is splitting. It will happen in Britain too. The Labour party will divide between the pragmatic heirs to Blair, who aren’t going to stay quiet forever, and the left-wingers of heart-before-mind. The issue for Britain’s voters is whether they elect Labour and see the split happen in government and therefore to the country, or watch it happen in opposition, without peril to the rest of us.
- Tim Montgomerie, The Times
If electorates don’t recognise achievements or policy platforms, it’s personality and image that must cut through. That’s why tonight’s leaders’ interviews, and the public interrogations and debates to come, really matter. This is a chance for Mr Miliband and Mr Cameron to position themselves. The winner will be the one who convinces the public: I am the brand with the best hope for the future — follow me
- Jenni Russell, The Times
Conservatives, be they leadership material or grassroots activists, might be forgiven for wishing that Mr Cameron would focus less on his 2020 vision and more on the immediate problem of how to win the 2015 election.
- James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph
The new SNP policy, put bluntly, is to render the United Kingdom ungovernable, and to so inflame English voters with anti-Scottish sentiment that they will increasingly clamour for Scotland to go it alone
- Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
The treatment of those arrested under Operation Elveden - by the police and by their own employer - was wrong. The suspended animation of extended police bail, which traps tens of thousands of people, is a disgrace. But, in common with every other reaction since the Dowler story broke, this coverage was hysterical and over the top.
Ordeals are what rape victims go through; torture is what hostages in Syria suffer.
- Operation Elveden
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