The commentators 23-10-15
...on UK politics
There is much rubbish being written about Britain’s negotiation to change the terms of its membership of the EU. On the one hand, David Cameron is being accused of a “humiliating U-turn” in agreeing to put in writing his wish-list of reforms. This accusation is daft, since no negotiation can move forward without demand and response being written down. On the other, Mr Cameron is pressed by Eurosceptics to set out in public his negotiating hand. This, too, is stupid. You don’t show your hand in advance to your negotiating adversaries.
- Christopher Meyer, Daily Telegraph
The biggest risk facing British business today is the possibility of leaving the EU. There has been no credible articulation of how businesses can retain, let alone improve upon, the benefits we currently get from the EU by walking away. Asserting that a trade agreement will be reached with no detail of the terms, or indeed which deals could be reached with non-EU countries, is a time-limited position before serious questions will need to be answered
- Michael Rake, Financial Times
The Labour party is now, alas, controlled by people who haven’t yet found out that they barely know anything. The appointment by Jeremy Corbyn of Seumas Milne as his director of strategy and communications lays bare one of the pathologies of the left that is intriguing beyond the ephemeral figures at the top of the Labour party
- Philip Collins, The Times
Theresa May is a vicar’s daughter and a practising member of the Church of England. How can she not see that her campaign against non-violent extremism is so expansive that even Jesus Christ could easily have been convicted of it?
- Giles Fraser, 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
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