The commentators 16-12-15
At a late-night summit at Edinburgh Castle in 1992 European leaders hammered out a deal that has governed Denmark’s relationship with the EU ever since. I was part of those historic negotiations and I believe David Cameron can be inspired by what was achieved. The agreement, following a Danish “no” vote on the Maastricht Treaty, cast in stone opt-outs from areas of EU integration that Danish voters did not want to be part of. These included the euro, judicial co-operation, EU citizenship and defence
Poul Skytte Christoffersen, The Times
The Achilles Heel in the argument that Brexit would diminish our security is that, when it come to protecting our interests, the EU’s contribution to our safety is minimal. On the contrary, so long as we have Nato, Britain has good reason to go it alone than rely on Eurocrats for our safety and security
- Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph
Some advice to David Cameron about Boris Johnson: I think you have always been self-confident enough not to see Boris, for all his many talents, as a competitor. At the same time, you appreciate that Boris is not someone you can easily control or expect to do your bidding. He is a big figure who you need to take seriously. The relationship with him involves negotiation. You are painfully aware that Boris will do the right thing by Boris in all circumstances
- Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
Only a few years ago, the puff would have been chucked out the moment the scale of a story like this became apparent, partly as a matter of taste and partly to maximise the potential for display and give the story room to breathe.
Last night only the Telegraph dispensed with the blurb - and that decision may have been influenced by the oversized ad at the foot of the page. The Times had signed up Bake-Off's Nadiya and wasn't about to surrender a millimetre of her promo. The Guardian was similarly wedded to its taste of autumn and the Mail to its Lego toy... but journalism was still the winner
How the papers covered the Paris attacks
Comment Awards, 2015
Teenage ebola diarist honoured
Tuesday 24 November, 2015
A 13-year-old girl whose diary of life during the ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone made the Observer splash became the youngest winner at the EI Comment Awards in London today.
Bintu Sannoh was named young commentariat of the year for this piece about the crisis and two further articles about the stigma and poverty and hunger that came in the wake of the disease. Six months later she was able to return to school - but she writes about how everything had changed, with only a third of pupils having survived.
Janan Ganesh emerged the sole double winner of the morning as the Financial Times took pride of place at the ceremony at the RIBA headquarters. He won the top accolade of commentariat of the year, having earlier been named political commentator of 2015.
His paper won the award for the best comment pages, Gillian Tett was business commentator and Michael Skapinker won the new prize for business ethics commentary.
The Times also claimed a clutch of prizes: David Aaronovitch was honoured for comment piece of the year for this article after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Jenni Russell won the new diversity award, Hugo Rifkind was arts and culture commentator and Sathnam Sanghera media commentator (in succession to SubScribe).
Other winners included Simon Jenkins, Gary Younge and Cory Doctorow of the Guardian, Allister Heath of the Telegraph, Channel 4, and the science writer Philip Ball.
The chairman's award went to Andrew Rawnsley, of the Observer, while the Sun punctured the domination of the broadsheets (even if few of them are physically broadsheets these days) by winning the eiDigest special award for its leader column.
SubScribe was honoured and surprised to find a place on the individual blogger shortlist, but delighted to see the award go to Matthew Scott, whose excellent Barrister Blogger can be seen here
You can see all the winners here and the full shortlists here.
Comment archive, 2015
Labour and Syria
Russia in Syria
Strategic defence review
Britain and Europe
Sinai jet crash
Lords v Commons
Xi Jinping visit
Xi Jinping's visit
Virginia TV shootings
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