The commentators 20-11-15
I am striking because retention and recruitment is already in crisis — and the health secretary is worsening the situation. In a market for skilled labour, medicine is losing out. And the ones who will suffer will be the patients Last year, only about half the doctors who completed their foundation programme after graduation chose to pursue a specialist training course, down from about three-quarters five years ago. Medics are shunning the more complex specialisms essential for a comprehensive health service
- Daniel Westacott, Financial Times
(Westacott is a specialty registrar in trauma and orthopaedics)
The Paris attacks will provoke serious politics in London, Washington and Moscow and, probably, serious consequences in Raqqa too. They have, alas, provoked wholly unserious politics in the desperate, dismal Labour party. If ever an issue exposed a leader as beyond recovery it was murder in the Bataclan. After this week, Jeremy Corbyn will always have Paris. He cannot be allowed to ruin the Labour party
- Philip Collins, The Times
Labour is a party of amateur historians. To understand Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, you had to appreciate their obsession with American politics, and their deities among 20th century Democratic presidents: FDR, JFK, LBJ and William Jefferson Clinton. To understand Jeremy Corbyn and his cohorts, you have to appreciate their obsession with the history of Marxist revolutions. They take their cues not from dead presidents, but Ho Chi Minh, Samora Machel and Fidel Castro
- Damian McBride, The Guardian
George Osborne could disband the Army, fire every diplomat, release every prisoner, discharge every policeman, axe the entire foreign aid budget – and still not be able to balance the books. The deficit he is wrestling with is, still, the largest confronting any major Western economy and he has given himself three years to get rid of it. Next week, he’ll say where the axe will fall and we can expect the usual hysteria from those who believe this means putting Britain through the shredder. But the difference is that, this time, we know such claims to be false
- Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
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
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
Britain and Europe
Sinai jet crash
Lords v Commons
Xi Jinping visit
Xi Jinping's visit
Virginia TV shootings
Boris Johnson, Greece
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