The commentators 05-11-15
...on UK politics
David Cameron thinks Jeremy Corbyn is so useless that he doesn't have to try. His was a token effort in the House of Commons today. He got in one of the worst jokes recently attempted at PMQs. After listing Corbyn's recent appointments, a Stalinist, a Trotskyist and a Communist, the Prime Minister gave him "full Marx" for leading Labour to the left. The purpose was not, however, to make us laugh. It was to be quoted in the mass media, which it will be, to underline the point, probably not well known by normal people (the ones who don't watch PMQs), that Corbyn is the adherent of an ideology that could never command wide electoral support in Britain
- John Rentoul, The Independent
The ideal — unless you take the libertarian view that governments should under no circumstances be able to spy on their citizens, which I do not — would be for the security services of democratic countries with human rights safeguards to be able to crack strong encryption in extremis. They would hold a master key to decipher the messages of the most dangerous suspects. The obstacle is that encryption experts insist it would be impossible to give a key to officials without making it easier for hackers to break in
- John Gapper, Financial Times
Discrimination against gay people is still commonplace in Europe, particularly in the east, and puts lives at risk. I am heartened by the opportunity to discuss this issue with President Putin of Russia, a country where men like me are beaten and disenfranchised. We need more humanity, more love, if we are to end Aids. With compassion, people will no longer be too afraid of violence or arrest to seek the treatment they need and deserve
- Elton John, The Times
What we need is not politicians who flourish at university coursework and exams, but those who have powers of empathy and imagination. Hailing from a privileged background does not mean you are unable to understand the lives of those less advantaged than you. But when parliament is so white, so male, and where around two-thirds of MPs are from middle class professional backgrounds, inevitable questions have to be raised about our “representative” democracy
- Owen Jones, The Guardian
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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