The commentators 18-06-14
...on British politics
Where Labour stands on the economy, its attitude to business, its relationship with the unions, the credibility of its programme for public services, all these matter more than the here-today gone-tomorrow nonsense about appearing with a copy of The Sun.
- Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
It is not tight immigration controls that would have serious consequences for our social cohesion, as supporters of immigration claim. Quite the opposite. It is the continuing failure to respond to public opinion that represents the real threat to harmony in this ever more crowded nation..
- Norman Lamont, Daily Mail
Some voters cite "immigration" and "Europe" as reasons for their discontent. Those specific concerns must be taken seriously, but in their evocation of distant accountability and powerlessness in the face of change, they stand for a much wider disconnection. Britain needs to be put together again. And until it is, voters will feel powerless, because they are.
- Steve Richards, Guardian
we welcome people who come here to look for work and whose labour is valuable to our economy but an open labour market should not be allowed to lead to an open benefits system. Unfortunately this is not Government policy and neither is it the policy of Her Majesty’s Opposition. Instead migrants from other EU countries are allowed to claim benefits from the moment they arrive on British soil.
- Ross Clark, Daily Express
Vote for your favourite commentators
The annual Editorial Intelligence comment awards were officially launched this morning with the announcement of the seventy-strong panel of judges to be led by Stevie Spring, chair of Children in Need.
They include Lorraine Heggessey, Nihal Arthanayake, Karren Brady, Damian Barr, Lynne Franks, Nicky Gavron, Laura Kuenssberg, Adrian Monck and Kirsty Lang.
Anyone is invited to nominate their favourite commentators for the awards, which are divided into 16 categories. There is no charge for entry.
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