The commentators 11-12-15
...on rightwing politicians
Donald Trump is disgraceful; Marine Le Pen is dangerous. The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination has a flair for the outrageous. The Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln could well find itself eaten by its own grotesque creation. American democracy will endure. The leader of France’s National Front could upturn the politics of a continent
- Philip Stephens, Financial Times
Donald Trump’s re-engineered Britain is a fascinating, if unfamiliar, place. But on the whole, I’m glad I don’t live there, even if it might be nice to have the Loch Ness monster poking his head out of a water hazard. Consider this, though: when Trump fires off one of his swivel-eyed fantasias and directs it at us, at least we can console ourselves with the thought that it could never really happen. Americans have to contemplate the possibility that he could actually make it so
- Archie Bland, The Guardian
Banning Donald Trump or calling him a fascist is merely an attempt to silence him. But while Trump or Le Pen may be flawed or worse, the ideas they articulate resonate with millions. According to a YouGov poll, some 25 per cent of Britons think Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the US is an appropriate policy. These respondents aren’t fascists but have understandable, sensible and rational views. The British and French public may not care for Trump or Le Pen. Yet they understand that they alone are saying what is all too obvious but mainstream politicians deny
- Melanie Phillips, The Times
Right now we have a real opportunity to engage with the Muslim world like never before – on the level of civilisation. As Americans we are in a unique position to offer a global civilisation that respects the rights of human beings, that is tolerant of religious beliefs, and that is capable of harnessing diversity to create strong, robust societies. But we can’t do that if we just shut down and refuse to engage
- Ben Carson, Daily Telegraph
The problem with Donald Trump’s plan to stop all Muslims from entering America, at least “until we can figure what is going on”, is that it doesn’t go far enough. To make the country truly safe he should insist that - as so many non-Muslims go berserk with guns in schools and shopping malls - no non-Muslims can be allowed into the country until we can figure out what is going on
- Mark Steel, The Independent
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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