The commentators 12-06-14
...on Oxfam, World Cup, baby buggies and more
Just what does Oxfam think it is doing talking about a “perfect storm” caused by zero-hour contracts, high prices, benefit cuts, unemployment and childcare costs? It has absolutely nothing to do with Oxfam’s remit, which is to provide aid and succour in the developing world where there are no zero-hour contracts because there are no contracts at all, no benefits and all the rest..
- Virginia Blackburn, Express
The contrast between the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s cronyism, managerial entrenchment and corruption, and its achievement in spreading the British version of football around the world (leaving the US game in the dust), is striking. It demonstrates that Fifa has enormous strengths as well as egregious weaknesses.
- John Gapper, FT
When someone such as JK Rowling, who lives in Scotland, expresses her view nationalists have to accept her right to do so. She should not have felt the need to declare: “My allegiance is wholly to Scotland.” Touching as it is to hear of her “gratitude for what this country has given me”, it is beside the point. All that matters is her postcode.
- John Rentoul, Independent
I can’t think of the last time I saw a toddler wandering down the street hand in hand with an adult. They are all trussed up in luxurious buggies, not just at two, but at three, four and even five. This isn’t what children need and often it’s not what they want. Some children sit with alarming passivity, but others are desperate to escape. The buggy phenomenon would matter less if children were much more active elsewhere. They aren’t
- Jenni Russell, Times
What children want above all else is to fit in. Integrating children into a new society, then, should not present too much of a problem. A football, some Panini World Cup stickers to trade, One Direction, Harry Potter, 97 episodes of Friends, especially the one where Rachel has a baby: common interests for youngsters are not hard to find. So how have we ended up with a situation where so many Muslims are adrift from the mainstream?
- Allison Pearson, Telegraph
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