The commentators 24-06-14
...on British politics
Ed Miliband is fortunate in that his shadow cabinet still includes figures who have been exposed to the heat, who have experience of government and opposition. He needs to make the most of them in the final grinding months before the election, and make use of them in power if he were to win. There need to be a few at least who are able to answer the question: What did we do in the last crisis?
- Steve Richards, Independent
As Labour becomes estranged from its bases of support, it draws more and more on the self-selecting Westminster cliques that now dominate the top of the party. In turn, more and more people are alienated, and the party's support wobbles and shrinks yet further.
- John Harris, Guardian
Ukip, in its most benign interpretation, is a coalition of anti-EU free-marketeers, anti-EU protectionists, climate-change sceptics, opponents of mass immigration, people who don’t like London, people who think they don’t like London, English nationalists who haven’t thought about the name too hard, people who hate the political elite, people who pretend to hate the political elite but are actually just bitter not to be in it, and people who are just generally furious about more or less everything. If they couldn’t use the internet, they’d never have found each other. - Hugo Rifkind, Times
A trade deal between the US and the UK sounds like a good idea only in principle. In truth it would only underline two things. First, the restrictive demands now central to Washington’s trade negotiating strategy. And second, the political constraints on a relatively small economy striking out alone into the treacherous seas of trade diplomacy.
- Alan Beattie, FT
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