The commentators 24-11-14
...on British politics
The fact that the Conservatives are losing voters to Ukip while struggling to attract those who voted for other parties in 2010 suggests they have still not successfully shown what a Conservative government is for. This needs to be done on a broad front in a way that encompasses the economy and public services.
- Michael Ashcroft, The Guardian
The trouble for Labour is that when Ed Miliband tries to enunciate the view from Dagenham, embracing ‘flag, faith and family’, it sounds tinny and unconvincing. He is what he is, an unreconstructed socialist intellectual: he just can’t help it.
- Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail
Voters can forgive lechery, social awkwardness, even greed. But lack of everyday awareness is alarming. It is hard to feel secure, hopeful and patriotic when those who govern (or aspire to) seem to give up trying to understand the real nation, and float off in a Westminster bubble of theory, rhetoric and complicit tribalism.
- Libby Purves, The Times
In this time of minuscule interest rates and volatile stock markets, investors naturally crave safer, better yields. So to anyone seeking a spectacular investment opportunity, I say this. Gather every penny you can and lump the bleedin’ lot on Andy Burnham to be Labour’s next leader. Although Betfair currently offers Andy at 100-30, I calculate his true odds at 1-3 (a 75 per cent chance), thanks to Emily Thornberry.
- Matthew Norman, The Independent
The most shocking thing about Labour’s spectacular mishap is that it should have come as a surprise to anybody. Did it really take the Thornberry “just-look-at-these-ridiculous-proles-ha-ha-ha” tweet not only to illuminate the gap between the Labour Party leadership and working-class voters, but also to illustrate what is wrong with the whole self-obsessed Westminster establishment?
- Janet Daley, Daily Telegraph
There are plenty who take issue with Google's trajectory. Whether it becomes News Corp and its papers to question other businesses that are dominant in their markets, that want to drive competitors to the wall or that don't pay their fair share of taxes is for others to debate...
There is a big issue here to be tackled journalistically, but it requires an overarching approach and heavy investment in personnel and money - and those are resources in short supply. And who can look at the entire question of privacy, personal security and surveillance without being accused of having a vested interest? .
- Editor's blog
Thursday 25 September Judges for the Editorial Intelligence comment awards announced their shortlists today, with ten nominations for the FT, nine for the Times, five for the Guardian, four for the Independent - and two for SubScribe.
The Times and Sunday Times scored a clean sweep in nominations for the main award of commentariat of the year, which will be decided between David Aaronovitch, Camilla Cavendish, Daniel Finkelstein and last year's winner Caitlin Moran.
Guardian's Jay Rayner was shortlisted in the food writer category, but said that he did not wish to be considered as that award is sponsored by Tesco.
The awards will be presented on November 25.
See the full shortlists here
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