The commentators 11-11-15
The leaders gathering in Malta today to discuss Europe’s migration crisis will only make rational decisions if they pay close attention to the one area of forecasting which can be more accurate – the growth or decline of populations. If they do not, they risk repeating some of the serious errors they have already made
- William Hague, Daily Telegraph
David Cameron’s position has looked variously tenuous and unassailable over the years in line with the normal patterns of political volatility. But an egg-timer flipped in March when he declared his intention to stand down before the next election. The sands of authority, while still massed at the top, started an irreversible downward trickle. The flow is faster than Downing Street feared. Talk of the succession already dominates conversations among Tory MPs and advisers
- Rafael Behr, The Guardian
This government is replacing costly, invisible diplomacy with high-profile event management and business networking. Here’s how the logic goes: India and China are geopolitical rivals so let’s schedule them back-to-back hoping they fall over themselves in pursuit of the ultimate goal, investment in Britain
- Roger Boyes, The Times
There are two main ways the Prime Minister could seek EU reform. First, the rules could be changed to ensure that only EU migrants who have previously worked in the UK can get access to income-based jobseeker’s allowance. Second, Cameron could also negotiate changes to ensure that only EU migrants who have worked in the UK for three years have full access to benefits such as income-based jobseeker’s allowance and housing benefit
- Marley Morris, The Independent
Corbyn needs to get to grips with the mainstream media. Shunning Andrew Marr and the Sun is not a strategy that will lead to electoral success.
But the Press, too, must rethink. If people are offended by Corbyn's singalong choices or dress sense, it is fair that they are reported. If his oratory leaves something to be desired, it is fair that that, too, is commented upon. But let's get this into perspective. Those are side issues; the first job of the Press is to report the news, so when a new leader makes his first important setpiece speech, it would be good if newspapers told us what he said rather than what they thought
- Editor's blog: All singing from the wrong hymn sheet
Comment Awards, 2015
Thursday 17 September, 2015 The Financial Times and The Times again lead the way in this year's ei Comment Awards, with eleven nominations apiece in the shortlists announced today.
Sathnam Sanghera is responsible for four of those Times nominations - featuring in the media commentator, diversity, technology and individual comment piece categories.
Freelance Yomi Adegoke who founded Birthday Magazine for black teenage girls, is among four writers shortlisted in two categories - in her case young commentariat and media commentator.
George Monbiot of the Guardian completes the media line-up and is also nominated as science commentator and Gillian Tett of the FT is listed in both business and economics.
Her colleague Janan Ganesh is shortlisted for political commentator and the big prize - commentariat of the year, where he is up against the two most recent winners David Aaronovitch (also nominated for comment piece of the year) and Caitlin Moran.
SubScribe is honoured and surprised to find a place on the individual blogger shortlist, and fully expects to come third behind Barrister Blogger Matthew Scott and Stuart Forster of Go-eat-Do.
You can see all the shortlists here.
Comment archive, 2015
Sinai jet crash
Lords v Commons
Xi Jinping visit
Xi Jinping's visit
Virginia TV shootings
Boris Johnson, Greece
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