Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 12 July


Friday, July 12, 2019 – 10:38am

The Week’s daily round-up highlights the five best opinion pieces from across the British and international media, with excerpts from each.

1. Stephen Bush in The Daily Telegraph

on Labour and anti-Semitism

This time it’s different – why anti-Semitism could finally sink Labour

“Growing number of Labour figures, including those who are strongly supportive of the leadership, believe that the perception that Labour has questions to answer is beginning to sink in among the country at large. That realisation erodes Labour’s longstanding brand. If the Conservatives are British politics’ equivalent of the Wizard of Oz’s Tin Man – all brain, and no heart – then Labour are the Scarecrow: all heart, no brain. Voters may not have acquired any particular concern for minority groups themselves but they expect Labour to do so. It could yet prove the party’s undoing if it comes to be seen as the party with no heart and no brain.”

2. Iain Martin in The Times

on a cross-Channel clash of political styles

Macron is ready for showdown with Johnson

“It is in this volatile new arena that, barring any upset, Johnson will be operating next month. He will have to ask Macron (‘Come on, old chap!’) to cut him a deal. Does the president — so imperialistically French in his demeanour that he makes Napoleon Bonaparte seem modest — look remotely likely to be charmed by a visit from Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson? In a word, …read more

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