Another day in US bedlam, cutting out the centre ground and Boris's flat hairby Prospect Team / October 2, 2013 / Leave a comment
Government shut: just another day in bedlam (Times, £) Prospect editor Bronwen Maddox on why Obamacare has brought America to a standstill and exposed dangerous divisions in its democracy.
Cameron and Miliband: the stampede for a phoney centre ground is now over (Guardian) For three decades politicians have decreed that electoral success can only be established on corporate orthodoxy. But the crisis has cut the ground beneath it, says Seumas Milne.
The Tories will wither away without migrant votes (Guardian) The demographics of Conservative strongholds are changing at breathtaking speed, writes Ian Birrell. It contains a message the party ignores at its own peril.
Obama must bring a swift end to the government shutdown (FT, £) Obama will have to wrestle with the public’s apathy as well as with Republicans if he is to resolve the crisis, writes Ed Luce.
The ‘Blob’ is wrong – but Gove must do better as well (Times, £) Gove has persisted in believing that schools can either take exams seriously, or develop creativity. The best do both, writes Anthony Seldon.
After the is budget chaos is Uncle Sam ready for assisted suicide? (Guardian) The federal shutdown looks like a disaster, writes Simon Jenkins. But the constitution’s strength allows it to peer into the abyss – and pull back.
Miliband’s populism has turned him into the Tories’ Red Peril (Daily Telegraph) The Labour leader has proved that the winner of the next election must also be a tribune of the people, writes Mary Riddell.
Best friends – but for how long? (Independent) Boris will be a trustworthy sidekick as long as its in his interests, writes Andrew Gimson.
The oft-forgotten basics of negotiations (FT, £) The status quo on Scottish independence has cease to be a viable option, writes John Kay. But negotiators have few cards in their hards.
Houston, we have a hair problem (Daily Mail) Quentin Letts warms to a more serious Boris despite his flat speech and even flatter hair.