The commentators 01-09-15
With 10 days to go of this leadership contest, I believe it has come down to a straight choice between Jeremy Corbyn and myself. Whoever wins, one thing that is clear: this contest must bring change
- Andy Burnham (pictured), The Independent
While Mr Cameron’s impressive election victory has elevated him to the pantheon of proper leaders, and the Labour party is giving him the temporary bonus of an unelectable opponent, it certainly will not be a breeze. The Tories have a small majority. Tricky times lie ahead
- Iain Martin, Financial Times
There’s no doubt that a Corbyn win would pose an enormous challenge for the centre-right of the party, but the many MPs who oppose him can surely sit on their hands or plot, or both, for only so long. The task is even greater for the member for Islington North, borne in on a wave of popular feeling. If his leadership were to succeed, it would need to be exceptionally generous, imaginative and inclusive. It would have to forge fresh alliances, take surprising positions and make unexpected compromises
- Melissa Benn, The Guardian
One of the paradoxes of the last few weeks is how, to Corbyn’s supporters, the worst things have got, the better they have become. The association with Holocaust deniers, the speaking engagements alongside those cheering the death of British soldiers. They have strengthened, not weakened, the resolve of the faithful. “Look at everything they’re throwing at him, and still he’s standing tall!”
- Dan Hodges, Daily Telegraph
Although many seek to do so, it is impossible to make a definitive judgement on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. He has not yet won, and no one knows for sure what will follow if he does. But we are in a position to make a judgement about Corbyn’s impact on Labour’s leadership contest, for that contest is almost over
- Steve Richards, The Independent
Like civilisations, political parties rise and fall. Just as the Vikings and the Mayans brought about their own extinction by destroying the environment on which their cultures depended, so the Labour party is threatening its survival by abandoning electoral victory as a definition of success. If Labour chooses Jeremy Corbyn — a man who will never be elected prime minister — as leader next week, its end could be as brutal and sudden as those other once great tribes - Rachel Sylvester, The Times
Look at today’s Labour leadership candidates. All of them are in a race to the left, vowing to borrow, tax and spend more — all the things that failed in the last century and were rejected at the last election. Listening to some of the anti-Nato, anti-American, profoundly anti-business and anti-enterprise debates is like Groundhog Day. Labour aren’t learning
- David Cameron, The Times
What would have happened had the shootings taken place not in America, but in Norwich? What if the victims had been a local TV crew known to two or three hundred thousand people? Would our London-based newspaper executives have thought "We've never heard of them, so we'll use lots of gory pictures" or "They're British. We'll show some restraint"?
What if the victims had been a Newsnight reporter and cameraman, people we were used to seeing in our living rooms, people known all over the country?
Would the photographic coverage have been muted - in deference to our familiarity and their families - or even more excessive?
Editor's blog: Murder on camera
Comment archive, 2015
Virginia TV shootings
Boris Johnson, Greece
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