The commentators 26-05-15
...on UK politics
Kendall’s obscurity is a strength. She is the candidate who can best refresh Labour’s image, and who can break most convincingly with the perceptions that put people off Labour...she is a candidate who could persuade some of the people who voted Tory this month that they should vote Labour instead.
- John Rentoul, The Independent
Supporters of Liz Kendall have their own schemes. They plan to use the same techniques that crowdfunding and charity fundraising websites such as JustGiving and Kickstarter adopt to recruit thousands of supporters.
When the Times sketchwriter Ann Treneman came across a Kendallite last week who told her the Leicester MP could get a “million votes”, it wasn’t crazy, sleep-deprived boasting. One source tells me: “We will get hundreds of thousands of new supporters. Social media has changed how we communicate in a way we can’t grasp and it has blown open this leadership contest too.”
- Isabel Hardman, The Times
In Mr Cameron’s referendum, the burden switches to the other side. Britain lives the status quo of EU membership. To win, he need only spend the campaign asking questions to which there can never be a conclusive answer from the other side. Can Britain leave the EU and retain full access to the single market? Will foreign investors leave for the continent? Why assume America, India and other big economies will greet our independence with offers to trade? This kind of campaign is dry, cynical and boring. It will be monstered by critics, until it wins.
- Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
Within a generation, Britain will have bred a large wave of children who have been deprived of decent meals and housing. As a result they will come out of school with fewer qualifications. They will take up worse jobs and suffer health problems – thus depriving the Treasury of tax revenues and costing the NHS more. We are breeding a demographic disaster. And we won’t be able to say we weren’t warned.
- Aditya Chakraborrty, The Guardian
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