The commentators 06-11-15
...on the Sinai crash
Moscow might use the incident as justification for growing its presence in Syria, which now comprises 4,000 personnel. That could further constrain the west’s own options and massively amplify the already growing refugee flow. So far, Russia’s only response has been to send more anti-aircraft missiles to Syria: a bizarre step, given that shooting down planes will not achieve much. But if the official investigations point towards Isis, we could see things move quickly
- Shasahk Joshi, Financial Times
We face a joined-up threat. Russia’s information-warriors are part of a much bigger power-projection system, from social media trolls to the intelligence services, including energy companies, banks and the military. We do not have a joined-up response to this joined-up threat. Until we do, Russia information warfare will continue to corrode our alliances, poison public opinion and distract our decision-makers, with fateful consequences for our security
- Edward Lucas, The Times
If it was a bomb, there will be time for Russia to consider whether this might have had any connection with its military intervention in Syria and what the downsides of such intervention might be. For the time being, the avoidance of political point-scoring and propaganda is a change that should be welcomed – and maintained
- Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian
The Suez crisis may be almost 60 years behind us, but it still gnaws at relations between the UK and Egypt. It is as though the UK can never quite forgive Egypt for asserting itself successfully against a once-imperial power, while Egypt can never quite forgive the UK for trying. Through no fault of anyone’s, such undercurrents were all too evident this week.
- Mary Dejevsky (again), 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
Lords v Commons
Xi Jinping visit
Xi Jinping's visit
Virginia TV shootings
Boris Johnson, Greece
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