The commentators 28-01-15
...on UK politics
No one can accuse the Labour leader of ignoring the way Britain’s economy has bred inequality and political dissatisfaction. The promise to the party – the prize for sticking with Ed Miliband on his five-year shuffle – was a new economic blueprint to satisfy the left’s appetite for a fairer distribution of wealth and opportunity. That meant delving deeper than New Labour ever did into the structures of the economy. It might be slow going but it was a journey that would not leave the party behind. But wherever it was Miliband meant to be, he hasn’t got there yet. And neither global capitalism nor the general election are going to wait for him.
- Rafael Behr, The Guardian
We should be worried – very worried – about the rise and rise of the extreme Left and its crazy, anarchic policies of massive public spending, higher taxes and people being paid for doing nothing. He 's not talking about Greece – where the Syriza party has seized power and is picking a fight with Brussels and Berlin – but right here in Britain. For Greeks, read Greens.
- Chris Roycroft-Davies, Daily Express
Ex-Labour health secretary Alan Milburn says the Miliband campaign looks like a pale imitation of Kinnock's losing battle in 1992. Small wonder, when Miliband is too timid to consider crucial NHS reforms. And when he has also vowed to spend his £1bn NHS bailout money from the "mansion tax" three times on different things.
- The Sun
Labour's Ed Miliband offers a fresh start for the NHS with more nurses, doctos and support staff. The Labour leader's plan is costed, unlike the phantom tax cuts contrived by David Cameron and the Conservative party. The NHS shouldn't be a political football. It's too important for that. But as long as it isn't safe in Tory hands, our most precious public seervice will be a major election issue.
- Daily Mirror
If I were PM I would tell people that the Government can’t and shouldn’t do everything for them, that it often doesn’t have the answers. But it can make a lot of other things possible if it focuses on three things – education, education, education. And sticks to them.
- John Rentoul, Independent
Rosie in her bra and suspenders on Monday was the support act, sent on to test the audience. We may have to wait for the headliners - but not for long.
The Sun now has the results of its free market research. We can be pretty sure that bare boobs will vanish from page three, but they will do so without the paper appearing to have surrendered to a "spoilsport" campaign.
In the meantime, the Sun has had a bit of fun. And that's what it's best at.
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