The commentators 27-11-14
...on European finances
The only way that the EU could rebuild the economy of Europe is by proposing its own abolition. On every economic front, Brussels has proved to be a catastrophe. It has strangled enterprise and fuelled mass unemployment on an epic scale through its imposition of excessive red tape and taxes on businesses. Its fixation with the green agenda has drastically pushed up energy costs and made European firms increasingly uncompetitive on the global stage.
- Leo McKinstrey, Daily Express
Abandon helicopters. Use bombers. Bomb Germany, France, Italy, Greece, the entire eurozone. Bomb them with banknotes, cash, anything to boost demand. The money must go straight to households, not to banks. Banks have had their day and miserably failed to spend. From now on they get nothing. Five years after the financial crash it is nearly unbelievable that the eurozone’s lords and masters now confront renewed recession. They seem inert before deflation, subflation, lowflation or whatever lets them avoid the word “scandal”.
- Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
The past four years have shown how politicians have limited control over their fiscal destiny. There is little the coalition could have done about stagnant wages, a spike in commodity prices or the eurozone crisis, all of which impeded deficit reduction. But deliberate choices also played a part. Freezes of fuel duty and generous cuts to corporate and income taxes increased by billions of pounds the scale of the cuts now needed. Britain has no need for a balanced budget law. What would really bolster George Osborne’s credibility is an admission that taxes will have to rise.
- Financial Times
...and on politics
Heavy-duty populism in Britain seems to have coalesced around two issues, which it may seem bizarre to discuss together: immigration and child sexual abuse. Last month Ukip campaigned in South Yorkshire on the claim that Labour, through political correctness, had allowed grooming by Pakistani men. And there is a real crossover observable between vocal Ukip support and a belief that there is indeed a massive cover-up of establishment paedophilia.
- David Aaronovitch, The Times (ei's Commentariat of the Year)
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
Tuesday 25 November The Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards were announced at a breakfast ceremony this morning. David Aaronovitch was named Commentariat of the Year and his newspaper, The Times, won the award for the best comment pages. Stevie Spring, who led the judges, made it a hat-trick for the Times by choosing Melanie Reid for the chairman's award.
The FT, Guardian, Mail and Sunday Times each picked up two awards. SubScribe was also among the winners. You can see the full list of awards here. A video of the presentations will be posted online later.
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